Pakistan to maintain full spectrum deterrence capability: NCA

Published: September 9, 2015


National Command Authority reiterated on Wednesday the country’s resolve to maintain full spectrum deterrence capability to deter all forms of aggression and adhere to a policy of avoiding an arms race.

“In view of the growing conventional asymmetry, the NCA reiterated the nation’s resolve to maintain full spectrum deterrence capability in line with the dictates of ‘credible minimum deterrence’ to deter all forms of aggression, adhering to the policy of avoiding an arms race,” DG ISPR Asim Bajwa said, regarding the meeting.

The NCA reaffirmed that the state remains fully cognizant of the evolving security dynamics of South Asia and will take all measures to safeguard its national security. “Pakistan seeks peace and strategic stability in South Asia as corner stone of its policy and considers conflict resolution, as the mean to achieve this end,” Bajwa added.

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“Pakistan shares the goals of non-proliferation and is committed to play its due role as a mainstream partner in the global non-proliferation regimes,” the NCA further said.

As a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan will remain actively engaged with the international community on nuclear stability and security issues, the NCA decided.

In its appraisal of the non-proliferation debate since the last meeting, the NCA expressed satisfaction on Pakistan’s enhanced outreach with multilateral export control regimes. Pakistan shares the goals of non-proliferation and is committed to play its due role as a mainstream partner in the global non-proliferation regimes.

Further, the NCA reposed full confidence in Pakistan’s robust nuclear command and control structure and security arrangements related to country’s strategic assets.

The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reviewed the internal security situation and acknowledged the sacrifices and appreciated successes of the Armed Forces in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Pakistan’s interest in joining multilateral export control regimes on non-discriminatory basis, including the membership of NSG were also reviewed. Pakistan has the requisite credentials for full access to civil nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, particularly to meet its energy shortages.

The meeting was attended by defence minister, finance and interior minister, the Adviser to the Prime Minister for National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz among others.

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  • Wajahat Khan
    Sep 9, 2015 - 4:12PM

    Although, Pakistan is facing number of issues at national, regional and international level that ranges from military operations in tribal areas to hostile border skirmishes on eastern and western borders. Pakistani troops have been fighting against insurgents since a decade. The price each and every Pakistani soldiers pay in the struggle against insurgents is real and high that should be recognized internationally. It needs a robust nuclear power to restrict adversaries from their military adventurism.Recommend

  • Wijdan
    Sep 9, 2015 - 5:19PM

    Being a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan has developed a robust command and control mechanism over nuclear assets. The conditions of Pakistan’s nuclear materials security have improved through strengthened laws and regulations, so as to reflect the latest nuclear security guidelines by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). And to take care of insider threats, personnel are subject to Personnel and Human Reliability Programs.
    Pakistan is engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues, and is working to ensure that its strategic export controls are in line with international standards. Recommend

  • Basharat Malik
    Sep 9, 2015 - 7:20PM

    In the current security environment and evolving threat perception, Pakistan rightly needs to maintain full spectrum nuclear deterencr. Besides it is said that Defence policy of a country should consider offensive capability of its adversery as intentions could change overnight.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Sep 9, 2015 - 7:47PM

    It seems Pakistan is moving towards a nuclear triad.
    It would be interesting to see how, if in any way, this triad would be different from the text-book triad.
    Also, let me state for the record, this is stupid, we needs books, not nukes. But as someone who is a military strategy/history/tech buff, Im interested to see how things proceed.Recommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    Sep 9, 2015 - 9:34PM

    I don’t know who you are personally but the disguise you sed points clearly towards baharti trolls.As we know very well the cunning designs of our enemy so we have to be ready for any misadventure by them.We must be ready and prepared for all the eventualities at the border or at other forums.Keep your advice and thoughts to your self and let us be prepared and ready all the time.We don’t want war but if forced on us.We will fight back and will give a resounding reply to our No:1 enemy to remember for its people for generations to come.Recommend

  • Sarwar
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:27PM

    Pakistan must try to bridge conventional gap. Strategic nuclear weapons are for deterrence but tactical nuclear weapons might have to used on the battle field if and where necessary. However, both countries must make every effort to avoid war. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 10, 2015 - 5:13AM

    Pakistan must first fix its polio problem.Recommend

  • M Aslam
    Sep 10, 2015 - 5:39AM

    Despite,modest,sincier and friendly gestures by Pak-PM,Moodi s responce always remained arrogant and disgusting.The man and his team :the BJP as whole,are pushing back,poverty ridden Sub continent centurys back —claiming and wishing at the same breath , flight of Corporate India in the next century .What a childish and capricious approach generating heaps of mockery on an undeserving,arrogant and vision less leadership.Pakistan s reaction is natural .Under the reactive mode masses on the whole have no iota of fear of Nuke option. But the resultant loss would leave behind What? Smoky cities,towns and villages with fewer or no human beings on both sides ! What a vision of Developed Corporate India getting rid of poor masses…wov Mr Moodi !, Is remaing in Government , and lust for power, by befooling your people, would ever make you a historic leader ?Recommend

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