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Pakistan taken note of the first deterrence patrol of Indian nuclear submarine

09 November, 2018

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Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal has said that Pakistan has taken note of the first ‘deterrence’ patrol of the Indian nuclear submarine and the self-congratulatory messages in India.

Speaking at his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, he said this development marks the first actual deployment of ready to fire nuclear warheads in South Asia which is a matter of concern not only for the Indian Ocean littoral states but also for the international community. He said the bellicose language employed by the top Indian leadership highlights the threats to strategic stability in South Asia and raises questions about responsible nuclear stewardship in India. He also said that the increased frequency of missile tests by India, aggressive posturing and deployment of nuclear weapons calls for an assessment of the non-proliferation benefits resulting from the Indian membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime. The spokesperson said Pakistan is committed to the objective of the strategic stability in South Asia and believes that the only way forward for both the countries is to agree on measures for nuclear and missile restraint. At the same time, he said, no one should be in doubt about Pakistan’s resolve and capabilities to meet challenges posed by the latest developments both in the nuclear and conventional realms in South Asia.

To a question, Dr. Mohammad Faisal expressed grave concern over unabated atrocities by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. He said the world community should come forward to stop India from using lethal weapons, pellet guns and brute force against the innocent civilians in the held valley. The spokesperson said after the United Nations Human Rights Office report, the United Kingdom’s parliamentary body’s report has also pinpointed the grave human rights situation in occupied Kashmir where a number of marked and unmarked graves are being found as a result of the ongoing Indian brutalities. He said Indian forces are acting in complete immunity under draconian laws and there are no legal rights for the number of Kashmiri inmates languishing in Indian jails. Replying to a question about the follow up of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China, the spokesperson said a high-level Pakistan delegation will have talks with the counterparts in Beijing to sort out technical matters and finalise the modalities for further enhancing the existing bilateral strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Responding to a question about the proposed peace talks in Moscow over Afghanistan, the Foreign Office spokesperson said a Pakistani delegation led by an additional secretary will attend the dialogue.

The spokesperson said Taliban leader Mullah Baradar was released to give an impetus to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan has always been emphasising the need for seeking a negotiated settlement of the Afghan issue with the participation of all the stakeholders.

He said it is a matter of concern that a recent American report points out that the Afghan administration and the foreign forces are losing their control over the security situation in Afghanistan.

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