India Will Suffer By Violating IWT: Pak Minister

ISLAMABAD: A junior minister in Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s government on Thursday warned India of serious consequences if it breached the Indus Water Treaty (IWT).

“India itself would suffer if it violated the Indus Water Treaty,” Pakistan’s Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.

Aurangzeb made the remarks during her address at a national consultation on “Pakistan’s Water Challenge” in the country’s capital city Islamabad.

“Despite India’s antagonistic and irresponsible attitude, Pakistan has been demonstrating tolerance and responsibility because it is an issue of regional peace and water security,” Aurangzeb said.

The minister said the government is evolving a comprehensive strategy to overcome challenges pertaining to the Indus Waters Treaty.

She also said that Pakistan had the “capacity and capability to deal with the matter and overcome the situation.”

“India had been invited for talks under the Prime Minister’s vision for peaceful neighbourhood as the matter was linked to the progress of the peoples of two countries,” she added.

India Has Built Secret Nuclear City: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: India has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons which threaten to undermine the strategic balance of power in the region, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said on Thursday.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria claimed that India has also built a “secret nuclear city” and has been conducting tests on inter-continental missile, reportedDawn newspaper.

Steps such as these, Zakaria said, are impacting the existing balance of power in the region. “Pakistan remains committed to the principles of peaceful existence with all of its neighbours, including India,” he said.

Zakaria said India had been “exposed” by the failure of its efforts to isolate Pakistan, and added that the Indian government should reciprocate the steps taken by Pakistan for “peace”.

A study published by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad in 2016 claimed that India has sufficient fissile material and the technical capacity to produce between 356 and 492 nuclear bombs.

“There is a fear that the Indian reactors not mandated by the safeguards might be used clandestinely for plutonium production and the existing stockpiles might be diverted to a military programme at a subsequent stage,” Director General Disarmament at the Foreign Office Kamran Akhtar said.

Pakistan earlier this week said it wants India to bring its entire civilian nuclear program under the safeguards laid out by the International Atomic Energy Commission.

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