Pakistan to seek 'nuclear free zone' in Indian Ocean

Islamabad wary about India's recent nuclear activity and wants to denuclearize the coast of the Indian Ocean

Pakistan to seek 'nuclear free zone' in Indian Ocean

World Bulletin / News Desk

The nuclear capable missiles India deployed in the Indian Ocean threaten 32 countries on the ocean's coast, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Thursday. 

Aziz told the Pakistani Senate that Islamabad is set to push the UN General Assembly to declare the Indian Ocean a "nuclear-free zone." He added that Pakistan might also ask the 32 littoral states to support the move as well as dicsuss the issue with all major world powers.

"We are planning to highlight the dangerous implications of India's plans to nuclearise the Indian Ocean at all relevant international fora," Aziz said.

Recently, India had twice successfully test fired nuclear capable missiles in the Indian Ocean as preparations for the upcoming multi-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system.

"These two developments are part of the massive conventional, nuclear and missile development programmes being pursued by India and are contributing to nuclearisation of the Indian Ocean," Aziz said.

Furthermore, the prime minister's adviser reassured the Senate that Pakistani forces are ready to defend the country in case of an aggression. 

"Pakistan is fully prepared to defend its people and its borders. Despite limitation of resources, Pakistan has developed a robust nuclear deterrence, which is constantly updated.

"At the same time, Pakistan's successful efforts to ensure the safety and security of its nuclear and missile assets have been widely acknowledged," Aziz said.



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