Indo-Pak Affairs

Pakistan refuses to sign NPT

SLAMABAD: Pakistan says it has to restore strategic balance of power in the region for which it cannot sign nuclear proliferation treaty without its signing by India. This was stated by Foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam in her weekly briefing. She said Pakistan has very clear position on the subject and it has offered time and again to sign it with India, but never received a response from the other side. She said Pakistan has to restore balance of power therefore it had to demonstrate it nuclear capability in 1998 to respond India.

The spokesperson said nuclear deterrence capability is integral part of Pakistan’s security and therefore it can not compromise on it. She said the statement of Japanese Defence Minister regarding include Pakistan in NPT might be their desire for non-proliferation regime but Pakistan is not bound to them. To another question she said as Pakistan has very clear position therefore there is no need of concern for anyone in this regard. She said Pakistan supports the view point of IAEA Chief on this issue who has stated that NPT regime needs to accommodate ground realities and has proposed some informal interaction between the nuclear powers. She said that IAEA Chief has recommended that nuclear weapons in these states are a reality and there should be accommodation on the issue of NPT.-SANA

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