India has built a ‘secret nuclear city’, says Pakistan; Claim rejected by MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup

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New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2017 5:31:45 PM

The report states that India has been conducting tests on its inter-continental missiles.

india, pakistan, foreign office, foreign affairs ministery, nuclear city, secret nuclear city, inter-continental missiles, missiles testingForeign office spokesman of Pakistan, Nafees Zakaria. Source: PTI

Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Thursday during their weekly briefing claimed that India has built a ‘secret nuclear city’ where a stockpile of nuclear weapons has been accumulated which is threatening the strategic balance of power in the region, according to a report in Dawn.

The report states that India has been conducting tests on its inter-continental missiles. Nafees Zakaria said, “Pakistan remains committed to the principles of peaceful existence with all of its neighbours, including India.” The report in Dawn also mentioned Zakaria saying that India has been exposed by the failures of its efforts to isolate Pakistan and added that the Indian Government should reciprocate the steps of peace taken by Pakistan.

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The report also states that India has sufficient material and technical capacity to produce between 356 and 492 nuclear bombs, according to a study published by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. DG Disarmament at the Foreign Office, Kamran Akhtar said, “There is a fear that the Indian reactors not mandated by the safeguards might be used clandestinely for plutonium production and the existing stockpiles might be diverted to a military programme at a subsequent stage.”

Spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup calls Pakistan’s claim baseless, and says “Pakistan’s claims of India’s secret nuclear city baseless; This aims to deflect attention from real issue of terrorism.”

Earlier in the week, India was asked by Pakistan to bring its entire civilian nuclear programme under the safeguard laid out by the International Atomic Energy Commission.

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