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Pak wary of India deal, asks US to revise N-policy

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sher Afgan says both India and Pakistan must be treated at equal level to maintain balance of power.

world Updated: Aug 22, 2007 16:41 IST

Urging the Bush administration to revise its atomic policy, Pakistan on Tuesday insisted the Indo-US civil nuclear deal could create imbalance in the region.

Expressing Pakistan's determination to maintain credible nuclear deterrence, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sher Afgan said both India and Pakistan must be treated at equal level to maintain balance of power.

He said the Indo-US deal could create imbalance in the region and added that the US should revise its nuclear policy.

The minister was speaking during a debate in Parliament, where the opposition lawmakers criticised Pakistan's foreign policy and called for its review.

The debate was held on the statements of US Presidential candidates, Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, American threats of military intervention in Pakistan, Islamabad's role in war on terror and a US legislation linking aid to Pakistan with its performance in war on terror.

Opening the debate, Abdur Rahim Mandokhail of PKMAP said Pakistan should review its policy on war on terror and adopt a policy keeping in view its national interests and ground realities.

He said Pakistan, as a responsible nuclear state, should respond to the US and other powers properly that it would protect its nuclear assets and ensure balance of power.

Referring to the war on terrorism, Afganistan said Pakistan is engaged in this war for its own interest to ensure peace and security in the country.

He also criticised Pakistan-specific US legislation and said that it should be withdrawn if Washington is sincere to promoting its ties with Pakistan.

The minister also criticised threats of unilateral attacks inside Pakistani tribal areas and demanded the US government to take serious note of such statements.