Nafees Zakaria. Pic/AFP
Islamabad: Pakistan yesterday claimed that India is building a "secret nuclear city" and has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons, which threatens to undermine the strategic balance of power in the region.
Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Nafees Zakaria made the remarks at the weekly press briefing while expressing concern over the "Indian defence buildup". "India is building a secret nuclear city...It has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons which threatens to undermine the strategic balance of power in the region," he claimed. Zakaria also alleged that India has been conducting tests on inter-continental missiles.
He asked the international community to take note of "Indian drive" to have more deadly weapons and check "rapid expansion" of its conventional and non-conventional weapons.
India yesterday termed as "figment of imagination" Pakistan's contention that it is building a secret nuclear city. "This is a very strange statement coming from a country that does not have a separation plan and has a strong record of proliferation.
Furthermore, there is no doubt that this is a diversionary tactic by Pakistan which aims to deflect attention from the real issue at hand – the continued state sponsorship of terrorism by Pakistan and its harbouring of internationally designated terrorists," External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.