DATE=8/19/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN / INDIA NUCLEAR (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-252922 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Pakistan has accused India of planning to escalate the nuclear and conventional arms race in South Asia to a higher and more dangerous level. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports Pakistan's ambassador told the U-N disarmament conference that his country would respond to any threats from India. TEXT: Pakistan says India's new draft nuclear doctrine proves India is planning to create a huge arsenal of land-based, sea-based, and air-based nuclear forces. The Indian document which was released Tuesday says India will pursue a credible nuclear deterrence. But it says India would not strike first. Pakistani Ambassador, Munir Akram, rejected the Indian statement. He said India's promise to use nuclear weapons only in retaliation is "incredible." He also said Pakistan would be obliged to respond to India's planned build-up of conventional weapons. /// AKRIM ACT /// Moreover, the growing imbalance in conventional military capabilities will intensify Pakistan's reliance on its nuclear capabilities to deter the use or threat of aggression or domination by India. /// END ACT /// The Pakistani ambassador said India's new doctrine calls into question assurances given to Pakistan and the international community that India will accept restraints regarding nuclear deployment. He said India's actions are hastening the danger of nuclear use in South Asia. The ambassador's remarks drew an angry response from India's envoy to the disarmament conference. India's Ambassador, Savitri Kunadi, called Pakistan's comments regarding her country's nuclear policy unwarranted and ill-informed. /// KUNADI ACT /// There is no change in the Indian position on the doctrine of minimum credible deterrence and its elements as stated in the C-D (disarmament conference) and other fora in the past. Attempts by the delegation of Pakistan to drag in this document into the deliberations of this conference are unfortunate. /// END ACT/// The ambassador said India has made consistent efforts to improve relations with Pakistan and live in amity and peace. But she said Pakistan has repeatedly betrayed trust between the two countries. For its part, Pakistan is calling for the immediate resumption of talks with India to deal with Kashmir and other volatile issues. (Signed) NEB/LS/JWH/KL 19-Aug-1999 09:26 AM EDT (19-Aug-1999 1326 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .