Aziz says India top security concern; rules out reducing nuclear weapons

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:March 1, 2016 10:07 pm
pakistan, pakistan nuclear weapons, pakistani border, pak india war, indo pak war, nawaz sharif, US, Russia, pakistan latest news In August, two major American think-tanks said that Pakistan is on course of possessing nearly 350 nuclear weapons in about a decade, the world’s third-largest stockpile after the US and Russia and twice that of India.

Identifying the “strategic and conventional imbalance with India” as the topmost security threat to it, Pakistan on Tuesday rejected America’s call to reduce or cap its nuclear weapons arsenal, believed to be the fastest growing in the world.

“I think (Pakistan’s top) security concern is strategic and conventional imbalance with India,” the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told Defence Writers Group in a breakfast meeting this morning. Terrorism comes only after that, he said.

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“Terrorism is something our own domestic (concern). It is overflow of terrorism from Afghanistan that becomes the second (top security concern for Pakistan) within our borders, which hopefully we would be able to control it in the next few years,” he said, responding to a question on what was Pakistan’s top security concern or threat.

Aziz also ruled out America’s desire that Pakistan reduce or cap its fast expanding nuclear weapons arsenal and put the onus for it on India. “If India does (caps its nuclear weapons program) we would think about it,” he said when asked at this point of time Pakistan is not thinking of capping or reducing its stockpile of nuclear weapons, as asked by the United States.

“But if India does not, how can we cap?” Aziz asked. Citing the example of the US and Russia which are working to further reduce their nuclear arsenals, Secretary of State John Kerry had asked Pakistan yesterday to understand this reality and review its nuclear policy.

“I think, it is important for Pakistan to really process that reality and put that front and center in its policy,” he said in an apparent reference to the reports that Pakistan has the fastest growing stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world. The nuclear and non-proliferation issue is among the six topics that was discussed during the sixth US-Pak Strategic Dialogue co-chaired by Kerry and Aziz here yesterday.

“Our nuclear program is a deterrence. It is India which is expanding its nuclear arsenal at a much faster rate than we are,” Aziz alleged. “The concept of deterrence is a dynamic one. Deterrence has to be effective and our deterrence is India centric. If India would not have started its nuclear program, we would have never done this,” he said.

“India is developing its nuclear stock. Its ability after the (civil nuclear) agreement with the United States to divert more stocks to it, more fissile materials to nuclear weapons has increased much more,” he claimed.

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    Dinesh
    Mar 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm
    American and stan sleeps together India will never get anything from American
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      Srinidhi
      Apr 1, 2016 at 10:44 am
      What stan need to learn from history aggression does not pay in long run.It needs vacate occupied kashmir,Baluchistan.Reduce suffering of its people at the hand of elite punjabi rulers,then peace will be there.No need of Nuclear wepons.
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        BHAGWAT GOEL
        Mar 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm
        OBVIOUSLY KERRY DID NOT PUT EVEN A CENT IN THE BOWL/KATORA/KASHKOL OF SARTAZ AZIZ/STAN
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          Aditya
          Mar 1, 2016 at 5:27 pm
          US is not asking stan, it's an order.
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            San
            Apr 1, 2016 at 11:06 am
            Well said sir!!
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              sdas
              Mar 1, 2016 at 8:28 pm
              Sir, you are correct - he is an avid and rabid India-hater.
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                Pratap Singh
                Mar 2, 2016 at 9:49 am
                Occupying India's civilization River Indus and using nukes to guard it won't help stan. A motherland will always protect her true sons just like wand will respond only to its master in Harry Potter. Punjab and Sindh and Kashmir are occupied territories. That's where our religious texts were written, that's where our holy shrines exist. That's where Kautilya was born, that's where Mahabharat was fought, that's where renowned Chinese traveler Huang Tsang came to visit India. I advise foreign invaders to buy a camel and ride back to their homes and return 5000 year old Civilization land to India.
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