India hit out at Pakistan on Thursday for making an unverified declare that some materials seized not too long ago in Jharkhand’s Bokaro was uranium and described it as an try by Islamabad to malign the nation.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) mentioned the fabric seized was not uranium and asserted that India maintains a stringent law-based regulatory system for internationally-controlled gadgets, which is mirrored in its “impeccable” non-proliferation credentials.
“The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, after due evaluation and laboratory analysis of the material sample, has stated that the material seized last week is not uranium and not radioactive,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned.
“The gratuitous remarks about India by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, drawing upon a media report, indicate their disposition to malign India without caring to check or verify facts,” he mentioned at a media briefing.
Mr Bagchi was replying to a query on Pakistan’s official remarks in response to a media report on the seizure of the suspicious materials in Bokaro final week.
“Let me also reaffirm that India maintains a stringent law-based regulatory system for internationally-controlled items, which is reflected in our impeccable non-proliferation credentials recognised by the international community,” he mentioned.
Last week, Pakistan’s overseas ministry referred to as for a probe into what it referred to as the seizure of nuclear materials.
Asked about stories of safety issues on the Indian High Commission in Pakistan, Mr Bagchi didn’t give a direct reply however mentioned the MEA maintains contacts with native authorities concerning the security and safety of its diplomatic premises.
“The MEA maintains contact with local authorities regarding the safety and security of all our diplomatic premises, which we believe is the responsibility of the host government,” he mentioned.