| Updated at: 2052 PST, Tuesday, February 01, 2011|
ISLAMABAD: Dismissing an "unnecessary alarmist reporting" about Pakistan's nuclear programme, Pakistan said on Tuesday that it would continue to follow a responsible policy of maintaining credible minimum deterrence.
"Pakistan is mindful of the need to avoid arms race with India but would never compromise on its national security," a foreign office spokesman said while responding to an article in New York Times by David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, in the article - "Pakistani Nuclear Arms Pose Challenge to U.S. Policy."
The Foreign Office spokesman in a statement said "In the nuclearized environment of South Asia, Pakistan continues to attach importance to ensuring peace, security and stability in South Asia and was mindful of the adverse implications of "selectivity" and "exceptionalism" in evidence on issues of nuclear non-proliferation.
The Spokesman said Pakistan has consistently advocated to India the need to resume the stalled Pakistan-India Dialogue, including on issues of peace and security.
"In this context, Pakistan's proposal for strategic restraint regime in South Asia, including nuclear and conventional forces as well as resolution of all issues and dispute is of extreme importance," the statement said.