'Indian N-doctrine will be raised in Pak-US talks' Pakistan Foreign Ministry News 21 September 1999

RAWALPINDI: Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz has said that controversial Indian nuclear doctrine will be raised in talks with US officials. "We will raise the issue of Indian nuclear doctrine and equipping of Indian army with latest arms during talks with US. Talks will be held with the Indian foreign minister to resume secretary-level dialogue," said Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz while talking to Jang on Saturday.

Sartaj will meet US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and foreign ministers of 40 countries and discuss Kashmir issue with them.

Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz in a recent press talk had stated that he would raise with the United States the danger to the regional peace by the Indian nuclear doctrine. Apart from meeting with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Foreign Minister will be holding consultations on bilateral and multilateral issues with his counterparts from China, USA, France, Russia, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other friendly countries.

During the UN session, the Foreign Minister will address the General Assembly on September 22, focussing Pakistan's foreign policy and the Kashmir issue. The Foreign Minister will also highlight Pakistan's position on the nuclear issue, particularly Sartaj Aziz will dwell on the security situation in South Asia and on India's "aggressive policy" on the disputed border in Kashmir during his address to the UN assembly. He will highlight "Pakistan's position on the nuclear issue, particularly in the context of the recently announced Indian nuclear doctrine".

India's draft doctrine, unveiled in mid-August, envisages a land, air and sea-based nuclear deterrent. Pakistan says the Indian programme would be a "deadly blow" to regional security and international peace.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, at a meeting with a six-member Chinese foreign ministry delegation on Friday, slammed the "highly destabilising" nature of the doctrine which he said was aimed at establishing "Indian hegemony" over Indian Ocean sea lanes.