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Pakistan urges safety of Indian nukes

Pakistani premier says India's possible shift in nuclear weapon policy impacts entire world

Islamuddin Sajid   | 18.08.2019
Pakistan urges safety of Indian nukes

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday urged the international community to take steps to secure India's nuclear arsenal after New Delhi hinted a shift in its nuclear weapon policy.

"The World must also seriously consider the safety & security of India's nuclear arsenal in the control of the fascist, racist Hindu Supremacist Modi Govt. This is an issue that impacts not just the region but the world," he said in a tweet.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that while India had strictly adhered to the nuclear weapon doctrine of "no first use policy", yet what would happen in future will depend on circumstances.

Khan also drew attention of the world to the plight of 9 million Kashmiris who have been kept under a communication blockade by the Indian government.

Mounting tensions between the nuclear-armed Pakistan and India have further flared following the scrapping of the special status of the picturesque Himalayan state.

Kashmiri leaders and citizens fear this step is an attempt by India to change the demography of the Muslim-majority state, where some groups have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

India and Pakistan both hold Jammu and Kashmir in parts and claim it in full. The two countries have fought two wars over Kashmir.

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