ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria Thursday said Pakistan had taken note of US President Barack Obama statement after Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) and was ready to discuss with India arms control and restraint measures for peace and security of South Asia.
President Obama after the NSS had called for seeing “progress in Pakistan and India, that subcontinent, making sure that as they develop military doctrines, that they are not continually moving in the wrong direction.”
Describing as “significant event from Pakistan’s perspective in many ways” the outcome of the 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, the Foreign Office spokesman told a briefing here that Pakistan received a broad appreciation at the summit over its steps taken for the security and safety of its nuclear weapons.
“We have been running a safe, secure and safeguarded civil nuclear programme for more than 42 years. We have the expertise, manpower and infrastructure to produce civil nuclear energy.”
He said Pakistan’s constructive engagement in the process had helped in highlighting its “strong national nuclear security regime, command and control system, rigorous regulatory regime and comprehensive export controls which have been appreciated at the international level.”
The spokesman said Nuclear Suppliers Group was discussing the membership of the non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty states and Pakistan was confident to become its member.
“Pakistan has strong credentials for full integration in the multilateral export control arrangements, including the NSG and we are confident that we will be able to qualify any principle-based, objective and non-discriminatory criteria developed for this purpose,” said the spokesman.
Questioned over Indian consular access to the arrested intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer Kulbhushan Yadav over his involvement in terrorism in Pakistan, he said it was still under consideration.
The investigation into RAW’s officer activities in Pakistan were in progress and Pakistani law enforcing agencies were making every effort to nab any individual involved in subversive activities in the country.
Asked for his reaction over Indian prime minister Narendra Modhi’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, he said, he would not like to comment on relations between the two sovereign states. However, Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Riyadh which are “timeless.”
He said Islamabad had already briefed the P-5 countries and the European Union about RAW’s officer terrorists activities in Pakistan. Pakistan will continue to share with the international community whatever additional information was gleaned from the RAW officer, he said.
Answering an another question, he said Pakistan had been raising the issue of Indian involvement in terrorist activities on its soil with the international community but it was for the first time “we got a solid proof.”
He also referred on the occasion to the three dossiers handed over to the UN Secretary General on News Delhi’s involvement in terrorists activities in Pakistan.
On the meeting between foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India, he said, both sides were in touch with each other and they would meet in due course of time. There is no other option except dialogue to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries, he added.
On the visit of Pakistani Joint Investigation Team to Indian Pathankot a few days back, he said it was analyzing the information it gathered from India.
To a question on the timing of the arrest of RAW’s officer, he dismissed the impression it was to jeopardize visit of the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to Islamabad.
The outcome of the visit was satisfactory and both countries have had very important relations, he added.