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Pakistan's nukes no cause of concern: Official

 2016-04-01 06:27:04.0

images (3)Islamabad:�Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhary has said there was no cause of concern about Islamabad's nuclear programme since the country never had a nuclear accident or breach of security.

At a news briefing on Thursday, the foreign secretary said the impression that Pakistan�s nuclear installations were insecure was baseless, Dawn online reported on Friday.

�Pakistan�s nuclear installations are not only secure but the world also acknowledges that they are,� he said.

Chaudhary said that the International Atomic Energy Agency has recorded 2,734 nuclear incidents worldwide, including five in India, but �not a single accident or breach happened in Pakistan, although our programme is 40-year old�.

The foreign secretary said it was wrong to describe Pakistan�s short-range missiles or small nukes as battlefield or tactical weapons.

�Pakistan has short-range and long-range missiles, and the purpose behind both is to deter aggression,� he said, adding �We want to prevent war, to prevent the space Indians created for war� by building military installations close to the Pakistani border as part of their cold start doctrine, he added.

�Calling them battlefield weapons creates a wrong perception. These are for deterrence, only and only for defence,� Chaudhary said. �There is no cause of concern.�

The foreign secretary said Pakistan had installed radiation monitors at all sensitive facilities and planned to install more monitors at all 72 exit and entry points in the country.

�India, on the other hand, has an ambitious nuclear programme, and an equally ambitious conventional weapons programme,� he added. �We have a modest programme because we feel we have the right to defend ourselves.� (IANS)

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