Denuclearisation of Indian Ocean
Islamabad—Voicing serious concerns over the recent test of supersonic interceptor missile by India, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that massive nuclear and missile development programme pursued by New Delhi is leading to nuclearization of Indian Ocean.
“This will not only upset strategic balance in South Asia but will also affect the maritime security of all the sttes around the Indian ocean, Sartaj Aziz said while winding up debate on an adjournment motion in the Senate on Tuesday over the recent Indian test of interceptor missile, which he said is contrary to a peaceful and friendly neighborhood.
The Advisor said Pakistan is planning to highlight the dangerous implications of India’s plan to nuclearize the Indian Ocean at all the relevant international fora. He said one specific proposal under consideration is to move resolution in the next session of the UN General Assembly to declare the Indian Ocean nuclear free zone. We will approach other countries as well to co sponsor this resolution. This, he said, will be an important initiative.
About the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, the Advisor said Pakistan has undertaken a proactive diplomatic offensive in all the member countries of the group. He was confident that our efforts towards non discriminatory approach will pay off.
Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan will take all possible measures to augment its defense capability. “Pakistan is not oblivious to its defense requirements and upgrading its capabilities through suitable technologies without entering into arms race. The advisor said our effort for peace and friendship must not be interpreted as our weakness. We are fully capable to defend our people and territory.
The Advisor said Pakistani scientists and experts constantly monitor and evaluate the strategic threats that Indian nuclear doctrine poses to Pakistan’s security. Despite limited resources, Pakistan has developed a robust nuclear deterrent system whose safety and security is acknowledged worldwide.
About the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, the Advisor said Pakistan has undertaken a proactive diplomatic offensive in all the member countries of the group. He was confident that our efforts seeking non discriminatory approach will pay off.
He said our lobbying in the United States is quite active. We have short listed lobbying firms. He said our missions are also very active to protect the country’s interests.