Pakistan Has Developed Nuclear Weapons to Counter India: PM Abbasi

Pauline Gross
September 22, 2017

"As far as tactical nuclear weapons, we do not have any fielded tactical nuclear weapons".

PM Abbasi also rejected allegations made against Islamabad in President Trump's Afghan policy speech last month and said "scapegoating Pakistan will not help bring stability to Afghanistan", Pakistan foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua said. He also stressed that the Kashmir issue should be resolved as per the United Nations guidelines. "Time has proved that it's a process that is very secure", Abbasi said. I think it will just complicate the situation and it will not resolve anything.

"Our contributions and sacrifices as an ally have not been acknowledged as they deserved to have been acknowledged", said the foreign minister and added that Pakistan's commitment towards the war on terror were "unmatched".

The Premier also called for an expansion of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

The Pakistan PM dismissed the question of links between the Haqqani network and Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI.

"This perception that there are (terrorist) sanctuaries is absolutely not correct".

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He claimed that any cross-border incursion, if it happens, is carried out from Afghanistan into Pakistan to target the security forces.

He will inform the world body about Pakistan's successes in the economic field and in fighting terrorism and extremism. He stressed that in today's date there are no sanctuaries in Pakistan from which any activities take place against Afghanistan. He also informed that now Hafeez is under house arrest and action will also be taken against him by the election commission for using his picture during an election campaign, which is illegal. "And we want normal relations with India, but on the basis of trust and respect".

In the interview that focused on deteriorating Pak-US relations, Amanpour broached an unexpected topic near the end: the PM's love for skydiving.

"We have engaged with the US". We want this relationship to move forward.

Abbasi said over 400,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes and seek protection and shelter in neighbouring countries, demanding an end to this "systematic and endemic discrimination". And our objective is the same, to find peace in Afghanistan, to develop the relationship further. She said it was agreed that the United States would send a delegation to Pakistan in October to continue the talks.

"We believe that the worldwide community should fully recognise Pakistan´s anti-terrorism", said the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman. "That's the way it should be". "It is for the Afghans to find a way how to deal with them". And bases are provided as requested.

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