World must accept Pakistan as nuclear power: Joint Chiefs chairman

15:19, June 18, 2010      

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The chairman of Pakistani Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Gen Tariq Majid, said that retention of nuclear capability as a credible deterrent against a possible aggression was a compulsion, and not a choice for Pakistan, local newspaper DAWN reported Friday.

Commenting on concerns about Pakistan's nuclear weapons a convocation ceremony on Thursday, Majid said, "We are shouldering our responsibility with utmost vigilance and confidence. We have put in place a very robust regime that includes multilayered mechanisms and processes to secure our strategic assets, and have provided maximum transparency on our practices."

"We, therefore, consider security to be a non-issue, and strongly suggest that it is time to move beyond this issue. The world must accept our nuclear reality, and stop unwarranted insinuations to create alarms and deny us the related benefits," said Majid.

He said that as a responsible nuclear weapon state and despite not being a signatory to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Pakistan had always supported non-proliferation efforts and its position on disarmament had remained consistent and pragmatic.

"We, however, demand our rightful place as a nuclear weapon state and reject discriminatory policies," he said.

About the eradication of terrorism and extremism, the joint chief said that future counter-insurgency actions had to keep in perspective the larger strategic picture, especially the unfolding events in Afghanistan and sustainability of domestic support for the country's counter-insurgency strategy in an environment of possibly increased reactive violence and a fragile economy.

Majid also stressed that Pakistan had to be mindful of a blatant pursuit of military preponderance in its eastern neighborhood.

Source: Xinhua


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