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Thursday 28th September 2023 / 13 Rabiulawal 1445

Pakistan will not change its nuclear policy, says Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: There is no change in our nuclear policy, said the Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal. Despite the rise in on border tension and skirmishes, Pakistan will never start a nuclear war with India.

Addressing the Sikh community in Lahore’s Governor House, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, we will never start a war with India, the world knows we both are nuclear-armed countries, and if war starts, the world will face the risk of it.

He warned that wars lead to more crises and problems than resolving issues at hand, Mr. Khan said those who tried the war option regretted for many years to come.

“I want to tell India that war is not a solution to any problem. The winner in war is also a loser. War gives birth to host of other issues,” he said.

In August, India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh said, India may shift from “no use first” nuclear policy in the future.

Recalling his previous telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Khan said, “I told him that there are similar circumstances both in Pakistan and India.

I told him about climate change. We are sitting on a ticking bomb. If we do not address this issue (climate change) water will be scarce (in both countries). I told him that we together can solve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.”

“Till today, our nuclear policy is ‘No First Use’. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” he had said at an event in Rajasthan’s Pokhran, the site of India’s nuclear tests in 1998.

The tension between India and Pakistan recently escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.

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