New Delhi, February 10: The External Affairs Ministry has quashed Pakistan's allegations that India is building a secret nuclear city in the southern region of the country. Earliar Pakistan claimed without presenting any evidence that India has built a 'secret nuclear city'.Briefing the media yesterday, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the secret city is a figment of the neighbouring country's imagination. He stressed that India has always been in compliance with all its international obligations. These are completely baseless allegations.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in its weekly briefing, India has also built a "secret nuclear city". He said India has been conducting tests on inter-continental missiles. Steps such as these, he 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. India had been "exposed" by the failure of its efforts to isolate Pakistan, adding that the Indian government should reciprocate the steps taken by Pakistan for peace.
Significantly, 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. Pakistan became a declared nuclear power in 1998 by carrying out nuclear tests in response to tests done by India. The southern rival’s atomic tests first came into the limelight in 1974.