Pakistan was obliged to develop nuclear capability: foreign secretary

Source: Published in Foreign Affairs on Thursday, October 1, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry stated that "Pakistan had been obliged to develop nuclear capability for self-defence and deterrence."

Aizaz made the statement at an event organised today on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

He added it was an "existential choice that Pakistan made to preserve strategic stability in South Asia".

The foreign secretary underscored that non-discriminatory, universal, comprehensive and general nuclear disarmament remained the highest priority on the international security agenda.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to the goal of elimination of nuclear weapons through a global, verifiable and non-discriminatory legal instrument.

While reiterating that Pakistan’s nuclear policy continued to be guided by the principles of restraint and responsibility, Aizaz said the pursuit of peace and stability in South Asia through the resolution of all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Kashmir, remained the cornerstone of Pakistan’s policy.

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