Pakistan on Thursday alleged India is building a “secret nuclear city” to produce thermonuclear weapons and developing intercontinental missiles and secretly stockpiling nuclear material.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nafees Zakaria made this remark against India at a press conference on Thursday. He didn’t even provide any evidence in support of his claim.
Mr. Zakaria in a weekly briefing said India has been testing inter-continental missiles. He said, “Pakistan remains committed to the principles of peaceful existence with all of its neighbours, including India, and the Indian government should reciprocate the steps taken by Pakistan for peace.”
Zakaria also claimed the LoC breach by Indian forces can threaten the regional stability. Pakistan military also issued a similar statement on Wednesday.
Zakaria told the reporters, “India is constantly violating ceasefire at the LoC which resulted in the loss of lives of the innocent civilians. Indian belligerence continues to pose threat to the peace in the region, which the international community should take note of.”
He quoted a report by the Pakistani think tank, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. The institute last year claimed India had enough material and technical capacity to produce between 356 and 492 nuclear bombs.
DG Disarmament at the Foreign Office, Kamran Akhtar who was also present at the press meet said, “There is a fear that the Indian reactors not mandated by the safeguards might be used clandestinely for plutonium production and the existing stockpiles might be diverted to a military programme at a subsequent stage.”
India denied the accusation
India said the allegation was just “a figment of Pakistan’s imagination” and it was their tactic to divert attention from its record of supporting terrorism. It termed Pakistan’s allegation as “baseless”.
Vikas Swarup, spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry said, “The so-called secret city appears to be a figment of the Pakistan (sic) imagination. India has always been in compliance with all its international obligations.”
He said this is the high time Pakistan should do something to solve its problem. “It should not remain in denial on the impact of cross-border terrorism on the bilateral relationship. Both the problem and its solution are within Pakistan’s reach.”