Pakistan claims India building secret nuclear city, Delhi hits right back
India says the statement is an attempt to divert attention from Pakistan's record of supporting terrorism.
Pakistan on Thursday said India is building a "secret nuclear city". However, India clearly denied the allegation as "a figment of Pakistan's imagination".
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria at a press conference on Thursday said that the neighbouring country is building the secret nuclear city in order to produce thermonuclear weapons as well as developing intercontinental missiles and secretly stockpiling nuclear material. However, he didn't provide any evidence.
"The so-called secret city appears to be a figment of the Pakistan (sic) imagination. India has always been in compliance with all its international obligations," said a statement from the External Affairs Ministry, which highlighted India's strong standing internationally for a responsible nuclear doctrine. It also said that the statement is an attempt to divert attention from Pakistan's record of supporting terrorism.
Pakistan's claim comes as India attempts to gain membership of the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group or NSG, which control trade in sophisticated nuclear material and technology. However, China leads the group which blocks India's entry citing that it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which seeks to control the international arms race. Beijing argued that if India is allowed into the NGG, Pakistan must also gain access.