Statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan in the Senate of Pakistan on 11 May 1998 on India's nuclear tests

The news of resumption of nuclear testing by India has not come as a surprise to us. For the past twenty-four years, Pakistan had consistently drawn the attention of the international community to India's nuclear aspirations.

We had also pointed out the duplicity of India's political pronouncements and its clandestine nuclear weapons programme.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan had recently drawn the attention of the international community, particularly States which are Permanent Members of the Security Council, regarding Indian plans to induct nuclear weapons.

Pakistan's repeated reminders to the international community, particularly to the leaders of States which are Permanent Members of the Security Council, unfortunately did not receive the attention that they merited.

The international community has, in fact, by adopting a dismissive approach encouraged India to achieve its nuclear aspirations.

The responsibility for dealing a death blow to the global efforts at nuclear non-proliferation rests squarely with India.

Pakistan reserves the right to take all appropriate measures for its security.

The Prime Minister has assured the people of Pakistan that Pakistan's defense would be made impregnable against any Indian threat, be it nuclear or conventional.

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