In a befitting reply, India slammed 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 on 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, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made India’s stand clear on the issue. PM 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.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh 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. INS Arihant successfully completed its first deterrence patrol this week, taking India into a club of a handful of countries which have the capability to design, construct and operate such a submarine or SSBN.