Islamabad: The National Command Authority (NCA) in Pakistan has re-emphasised the country’s desire for establishing the ‘Strategic Restraint Regime in South Asia’.
The NCA, principal decision-making body on nuclear issues, at its meeting presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took note of the ‘growing conventional and strategic weapons development in the region’,reports Dawn.
The need for a sustained dialogue with India for resolution of outstanding disputes was also underscored as it expressed alarm over India’s growing conventional and nuclear arsenals.
Pakistan has been concerned over India’s developing nuclear submarine INS Arihant, which is reportedly close to commissioning.
The NCA was of the view that development of conventional and nuclear weapons by India had ‘adverse ramifications for peace and security’ in the region.
Pakistan regrets that the West has been ignoring India’s activities because of its commercial interests but has kept pressure on Pakistan describing its nuclear programme as the fastest growing.(ANI)