At least 72 defence personnel are held in Pakistan: VK Singh tells Parliament

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New Delhi | Published: February 9, 2017 10:16:35 PM

Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh has today informed the Rajya Sabha that as many as 72 defence personnel are believed to be in Pakistan, but their presence is not acknowledged by the neighbouring country.

Their presence is not acknowledged by the neighbouring country, says VK Singh. Their presence is not acknowledged by the neighbouring country, says VK Singh.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh has today informed the Rajya Sabha that as many as 72 defence personnel are believed to be in Pakistan, but their presence is not acknowledged by the neighbouring country.

Earlier in the day, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) rubbished Pakistan’s claim that India is building a ‘secret nuclear city’ . It added that the claim was being made by Pakistan to deflect the attention from the real issue of terrorism. Speaking to media persons, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup told the media the media that the neghbouring countries claim on India’s secret nuclear city is baseless.

He also added that it was high time that Pakistan gets the problem right and should should not continue to remain in denial on cross border terrorism which is affecting bilateral ties. Swarup falso added that the problem and its solution are within the reach of Pakistan.

Pakistan had earlier claimed that India has accumulated a large number of nuclear weapons which may undermine the strategic balance of power in the region. The country’s newspaper, ‘Dawn’ quoted Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria as saying that “India has also built a secret nuclear city”, and was also conducting tests on intercontinental missiles.

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He further followed up this charge against India by saying that “Pakistan remains committed to the principles of peaceful existence with all of its neighbours, including India.” Few days back, Pakistan said it wants India to bring its civilian nuclear programme under the safeguards laid out by the International Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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