During the intense UN session, Nawaz Sharif has made it clear to the world leaders that Pakistan won’t support a single-sided nuclear programme.
Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, told a news briefing in New York; “The prime minister has reiterated Pakistan’s stance; one-sided restraint will not work. India’s cold start octrine should also be contained.”
Continuing with the conversation, when asked about if US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the prime minister to consider nuclear restraint, she said; “Any restriction has to be bilateral. We told the US to use their influence on India to make them do what you ask us to do.”
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry and Dr Lodhi were also asked questions requiring confirmation on rumors regarding Pakistan and India’s potential war. The secretary replied that the rumors are baseless and there is nothing solid which can suggest any sort of war situation in the countries. He further said that India is breathing fire to such comments in order to divert attention from the Kashmir issue.
Aizaz Chaudhry also instructed media to not to create a buzz out of the call between Nawaz Sharif and Rahil Shareef as it was a normal conversation in accordance to the country’s military situations.
“We believe that the US has a responsibility [to defuse the situation] and should play its role. We will keep asking US until they play that role; when and how, only they can decide,” he said.