Washington: Pakistan has rejected America’s call to reduce or cap its nuclear weapons arsenal insisting “strategic and conventional imbalance with India” as the real challenge to the country. “I think (Pakistan’s top) security concern is strategic and conventional imbalance with India. Terrorism comes only after that,” the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said.
Sartaj said terrorism was an internal problem of Pakistan and it would be soon resolved. “Terrorism was a shared threat to Pakistan and Afghanistan and the two countries are taking steps to eradicate it,” he said. Earlier a joint statement after the 6th round of the ministerial level Pakistan-US strategic dialogue in Washington, said that both countries have agreed to further strengthen the long-term partnership between the two countries.
Replying to a query, Aziz also ruled out America’s desire that Pakistan reduce or cap its fast expanding nuclear weapons arsenal and put the onus for it on India. “If India does (caps its nuclear weapons program) we would think about it,” he said, adding that Pakistan was not thinking of capping or reducing its stockpile of nuclear weapons, as asked by the United States.