India may agree to discuss nuke strategic restraint regime: Pak

Pakistan has expressed its belief that India may agree to discuss a strategic nuclear restraint regime as part of the composite dialogue.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2004 12:49 IST

Pakistan has expressed its belief that India may agree to discuss a strategic nuclear restraint regime with it as the two countries are set to hold parleys on a host of confidence building measures as part of the eight-point composite dialogue agenda, chalked out at the just-concluded Indo-Pak talks.

"There is a possibility they (India) would show interest in the subject because they do realise the dangers involved if there is no restraint regime between the two countries at all," Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan told a seminar on India-Pakistan relations in Islamabad on Thursday.

Khan said he did not think India would reject the strategic nuclear restraint regime proposal out of hand.

Emphasising the importance of such a regime, Khan said accidental and unauthorised use of nuclear weapons presented a scary scenario for the two countries.

He also said the two sides had some history of discussing a restraint regime and making some progress.

About the future talks, he said it was premature to comment what the two Foreign Secretaries would discuss but "we have conventional wisdom behind us".

As per the agreed roadmap, the nuclear CBMs would be discussed along with Kashmir and peace and security issues when they meet in May or June this year. Before that expert- level talks on nuclear CBMs would be held in May.

First Published: Feb 21, 2004 12:49 IST