FO: (India introduced nuclear weapons in S Asia: Pakistan)


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said that it was not the first one to introduce nuclear weapons in South Asia. Rather, it was New Delhi which introduced nuclear weapons in the region.

In a statement in Washington, Pakistan Embassy’s spokesman in a rejoinder has rejected assertions made in an editorial by the New York Times, which tried to portray Pakistan as a country irresponsibly building its nuclear arsenal.

The spokesman said India also propounds war-fighting doctrines while being ascendant as one of the world’s largest importer of military hardware. He described a special waiver for India for nuclear trade as another destabilizing step.

It also referred to recent public reports which confirmed that India continued to grow its nuclear programme by testing missiles with longer ranges. He said Pakistan has always offered proposals to India for nuclear restraint, including a strategic restraint regime.