Have right to continue building nuclear arsenal to maintain balance in region: Aizaz Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that Pakistan reserves the right to keep its nuclear programme running for its defense and balance the number game.


The Foreign Secretary addressed a gathering at Institute of Strategic Studies today.

Chaudhry said that Pakistan was forced to generate nuclear arsenal and propaganda against it is baseless. The country would not give up its right to keep nuclear capability for its defense, he added.

He said that Pakistan forwarded recommendations to keep the region free of nuclear responsibilities for as many as 24 years however, India forced the country to become a nuclear state by carrying out successful tests. Pakistan’s atomic programme is totally safe and in accordance with rules of the International Atomic Energy Agency, he added.

Chaudhry said that Pakistan should also be a part of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) like other countries.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Foreign Secretary said that talks between Afghan government and Taliban were likely to happen by the end of the month.

While briefing Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in the federal capital, Chaudhry said that Pakistan desires Afghan reconciliation process to move forward.

On the other hand, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif will attend Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) to be held on March 31.

Chaudhry, in the last week travelled to United States. He attended a conference aimed at preparing for the summit and discussing the process.

The summit will be attended by heads of as many as 35 to 45 countries. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Jalil Abbas Jilani was also present at the preparatory conference.

Meetings of several world leaders are scheduled with the Prime Minister. Nawaz Sharif is also likely to meet President Barack Obama on the sidelines of summit.


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