India is an irresponsible nuclear state: says Ahsan Iqbal


Islamabad, Jan. 14 (TNS): Hitting back at Indian army chief for his nuclear bluff remarks, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said that it has been proved that “India is an irresponsible nuclear state”.

“Nuclear weapons are not pistols or slingshots, they are weapons of mass destruction. Therefore people expect nuclear powers to behave responsibly,” he said.

Iqbal’s remarks come a day after the Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat threatened to call Pakistan’s ‘nuclear bluff’.

“If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff,” Gen Rawat had said.

Pakistan sharply reacted to his claim, saying such statements from a man of Gen Rawat’s stature were “very irresponsible” and “not befitting his office”.