- Pak PM Shahid Abbasi spoke about his countries nuclear programme
- Have developed short-range nuke weapons keeping India in mind, he said
- Pakistan's nuclear arsenal 'being kept safe and secure', he assured
"We have a very robust and secure command-and-control system over our strategic nuclear assets. Time has proved that it's a process that is very secure. It's a process that has complete civilian oversight through the NCA," Mr Abbasi said in response to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.
Pakistan's Nuclear Command Authority or NCA is the authority responsible for command, control and operational decisions regarding the country's nuclear arsenal.
Moderator David Sanger stated that Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world. "There's no nuclear arsenal in the world that is growing faster. And there's no nuclear arsenal in the world, other than North Korea's, that tends to worry Americans more, because they worry about the safety of the arsenal. They worry about the command and control of the arsenal," Mr Sanger said.
To this, Mr Abbasi claimed that the command-and-control systems they have in place are as secure as anybody else's in the world. "The last 20 years are a testament to that," Mr Abbasi said in response to another question.
"Pakistan is a responsible global citizen, and we've shown a responsibility on the ground with this huge war on terror that we've been fighting for the last 15 years," Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said.
The Pakistan premier sought to dispel the notion surrounding the country's alleged inability to handle its nuclear programmes properly.
"We do have nuclear capability. There's no doubt about that. And we know how to handle nuclear waste. We had a nuclear program in the early '60s, one of the first countries in Asia to have a nuclear program. So if we've managed it for over 50-odd years, I think we can continue to manage it," he said.
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