Pakistan has sharply retorted to US President Joe Biden’s comment against the Islamic nation in a recent Democratic Party’s reception in US on Saturday. Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif later on the same day lashed out on Twitter over Biden’s allegations on Islamic Republic as ‘most dangerous nation’.
US President Joe Biden in a meeting had termed Pakistan the most dangerous nation due to the absence of ‘Nuclear cohesion’.
“Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state”
Responding to it, Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif tweeted, “Let me reiterate unequivocally: Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and we are proud that our nuclear assets have the best safeguards as per IAEA requirements”.
He further wrote, “We take these safety measures with the utmost seriousness. Let no one have any doubts”.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry Responds
A statement was issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Joe Biden’s statement.
It said: “Pakistan made clear that it was a responsible nuclear state and its impeccable stewardship of the nuclear programme and adherence to global standards and international best practices was well acknowledged, including by the International Atomic Energy Agency”.
Foreign Secretary Jauhar Saleem also summoned and conveyed his concerns to US Ambassador Donald Blome. Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he discussed the matter with PM Shehbaz Sharif.
Joe Biden’s Remarks
US President Joe Biden in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception had stated that Pakistan was the most dangerous nation.
“Absence of Nuclear Cohesion” Joe Biden further said that, providing a reason for his statement. The remarks came two days after the US National Security Strategy was made public. The 48-page paper doesn’t mention Pakistan at all.
The remarks by US President Joe Biden are a major setback for Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif, who has been trying to mend the strained relations between the two countries. It is also a litmus test for the leader on domestic front as global image of Pakistan has never been less negative.