India has built secret nuclear city, says Pakistan Foreign Office

India has built secret nuclear city, says Pakistan Foreign Office

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2017-02-09 17:49 Bengaluru: Pakistan says India has built “a secret nuclear city”, The Dawn of Pakistan has reported, quoting the Pakistani Foreign Office. In its weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, the Pakistani Foreign Office said India has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons which threatened to undermine the strategic balance of power in the region. pollaroid-93 PFO spokesman Nafees Zakaria claimed that India has been conducting tests on inter-continental missiles. Steps such as these, he said, are impacting the existing balance of power in the region. "Pakistan remains committed to the principles of peaceful existence with all of its neighbours, including India," he said. He said India had been "exposed" by the failure of its efforts to isolate Pakistan, adding that the Indian government should reciprocate the steps taken by Pakistan for peace. It is not clear what city Zakaria referred to. There have been reports of India building a secret nuclear facility near Challakere in Chitradurga district. A study published by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad last year indicated that India has sufficient material and the technical capacity to produce between 356 and 492 nuclear bombs. Pakistan earlier this week said it wants India to bring its entire civilian nuclear programme under the safeguards laid out by the International Atomic Energy Commission. There is a fear that the Indian reactors not mandated by the safeguards might be used clandestinely for plutonium production and the existing stockpiles might be diverted to a military programme at a subsequent stage, Drector General Disarmament at the Foreign Office Kamran Akhtar said.