Pakistan strongly replies Modi’s statement over nuclear arsenal
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan considered remarks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over nuclear arsenals as “highly unfortunate and irresponsible”.
In his statement, the Foreign Office (FO) expressed disappointment over statement on Modi’s statement, however, Modi claimed that New Delhi had stopped its policy of being frightened by Islamabad’s threats and said its nuclear capabilities are not being kept for Diwali.
The Indian prime minister stated while addressing a rally as part of his election campaign in Rajasthan.
Responding to Modi’s recent remarks on Indian nuclear capability, the Foreign Office spokesperson stated that Pakistan considered those remarks as ‘highly unfortunate and irresponsible’.
He said such rhetoric for short-term political and electoral gains, with complete disregard to its effects on strategic stability in South Asia, was regrettable and against norms of responsible nuclear behaviour.
“We would also like to draw attention to the remarks of the Indian Prime Minister, sensationally referring to the night of 27 February 2019 and the missile related threat from India as ‘the night of murder’. It clearly contradicts the position of Indian officials, who had tried to give an impression that there were no such plans of India and instead had blamed Pakistan for ‘whipping up war hysteria’,” the spokesperson added.
The FO said such nuclear brinksmanship needs to be discouraged. “It is in the interest of the region that both countries resume dialogue and discuss confidence building and restraint measures for the long-term strategic stability in South Asia,” he added.
Pakistan condemns continuing detention of Yasin Malik
Pakistan has strongly condemned the continuing detention of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik.
It is pertinent to mention here that Yasin Malik was arrested under the draconian Public Safety Law and despite his critically worsening health was shifted to the notorious Tihar jail.
In his statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal condemned the continuing incarceration and deteriorating health of Yasin Malik since February 22 this year on trumped up charges.
The FO spokesperson said that despite his serious ill health and in violation of legal rights, ethics and norms, his family, who were informed after considerable delay, has not been permitted to meet him.