‘Pak must ensure Kargil, Mumbai days are over to secure any nuke deal with US’

May 31st, 2009 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama New York, May 31 (ANI): US President Barack Obama’s key Advisor on South Asia, Bruce Riedel, has said that Pakistan too can secure a civil nuclear deal with the US, similar to what Washington recently had with India, but it will need certain assurances from Islamabad to qualify for the same.

Riedel, in his article published in The Wall Street Journal, said that Pakistan needs to show that the days of AQ Khan, Kargil and Mumbai are over for good and that it is addressing all the challenges it faces.

He said Pakistan must put the pledge, made by President Asif Ali Zardari, of not using nuclear weapons first, back on the table with India.

Besides this, Islamabad should also sign the CTBT first without demanding Indian adherence, Riedel added.

The former CIA officer added that Pakistan must also assure the international community that it is working sincerely to counter extremism emanating from its soil, that is creating troubles for India, and threatening the entire world.

“Pakistan’s arsenal works and it does not need to test again,” Riedel said.

Riedel also lauded India for the ‘remarkable restraint it showed in response to provocation from Pakistan’. (ANI)

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