Modi’s Remark on India’s Nuke Capability ‘Highly Unfortunate’: Pak
Pakistan on Monday, 22 April, took exception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks about India's nuclear capability, terming them "highly unfortunate" and said such nuclear brinksmanship should be discouraged.
Pointing out that Modi referred to the night of 27 February and missile-related threat from India as 'Qatal ki Raat' (the night of murder), a Foreign Office (FO) statement said:
"Such nuclear brinksmanship needs to be discouraged," it said.
Following the air strike at Balakot terror camp in Pakistan on 26 February, there was a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani fighter planes on 27 February in which IAF wing commander Abhinandan was captured by the neighbouring country and released on the night of 1 March.
Addressing a poll rally at Patan in Gujarat on Sunday, 21 April, Modi said after Abhinandan was caught, opposition started seeking a reply from him.
"We held a press conference and warned Pakistan that if anything happened to our pilot, you will keep telling the world what Modi did to you. A senior American official said on the second day that Modi has kept 12 missiles ready and might attack and the situation will deteriorate. Pakistan announced return of the pilot, or else it was going to be a 'qatal ki raat'," he said.
"Such rhetoric for short-term political and electoral gains, with complete disregard to its effects on strategic stability in South Asia is regrettable and against norms of responsible nuclear behaviour," it added.