In­dia slams Pak­istan for ex­press­ing con­cern over de­ploy­ment of INS Ari­hant

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NEW DELHI: In­dia Fri­day hit back at Pak­istan for ex­press­ing con­cern over the re­cent de­ploy­ment of nu­clear sub­ma­rine INS Ari­hant, say­ing the com­ments come from a coun­try for whom the “tenet of re­spon­si­bil­ity” does not ex­ist.

Pak­istan’s For­eign Of­fice spokesper­son Mo­ham­mad Faisal, at a me­dia brief­ing Thurs­day, said: “This devel­op­ment marks the first ac­tual de­ploy­ment of ready-to-fire nu­clear war­heads in South Asia which is a mat­ter of con­cern not only for the In­dian Ocean lit­toral states but also for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity at large.”

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on Faisal’s re­marks, Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Spokesper­son Raveesh Ku­mar, dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing here, said Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had made In­dia’s stand clear on the is­sue.

Modi has made it clear that In­dia’s nu­clear ar­se­nal was not a part of an ag­gres­sive pol­icy, but it was an im­por­tant means for peace and sta­bil­ity.

Ku­mar said,”we are a re­spon­si­ble na­tion and I think th­ese com­ments are com­ing from a coun­try for whom the tenet of re­spon­si­bil­ity does not ex­ist.” Mark­ing the coun­try’s nu­clear triad, In­dian nu­clear sub­ma­rine INS Ari­hant, or the “de­stroyer of en­e­mies” has suc­cess­fully com­pleted its first de­ter­rence pa­trol.

On the is­sue of open­ing of the Kar­tarpur Sahib cor­ri­dor, Ku­mar said Pak­istan had not of­fi­cially com­mu­ni­cated any­thing to In­dia on the is­sue.

Asked about Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Amarinder Singh writ­ing to Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj on the is­sue, he said he would have to look at the con­tents of the let­ter and then could com­ment on it.

He, how­ever, said In­dia has taken up the mat­ter with Pak­istan in the past on the open­ing of the bor­der for Sikh pil­grims to go and visit the Gurdwara on the other side.

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