Pakistan’s security of its nuclear stockpile came into question once again in the backdrop of the Nuclear Security Summit, which took off on Thursday in Washington DC. US Secretary of State John Kerry indicated in conversation with Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, that US and India have begun conversations about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme, including its development and deployment of battlefield tactical nuclear weapons. He also went ahead to praise India’s “responsible stewardship” of its nuclear weapons.

Pakistan is following a policy of minimum nuclear deterrence to preserve strategic stability in South Asia and the deployment of battlefield tactical nuclear weapons that Mr. Kerry refers to are Pakistan’s decision in light of the level of threat that it faces currently. It would be wise that the US uses this platform to address the tensions between the two counterparts before it wants to strike up a conversation about limiting the development of nukes. It is also a fact that Pakistan’s nuclear programme is fully secure and there has not been a single breach, whereas India has five reported cases of nuclear breaches. Its nuclear material and facilities have been praised and acknowledged by the United States as well as International Atomic Energy Agency on more than one occasions.

While the US will never be quite satisfied with the seriousness with which Pakistan protects it nuclear program, India has no right to question Islamabad’s decision to develop its nuclear materials considering the fact that its nuclear programme is highly ambitious and continues to increase its stockpile. It is understandable that the US will support its ally and one of the largest importers of arms in the world in comparison to distrustful Pakistan. But rest assured that Pakistan is a country that takes pride in its nuclear programme and will continue to enjoy full ownership of its assets regardless of any reservations that other parties might or might not have.