Pakistan need not carry out more nuclear tests: Khan

Last Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2000 - 00:00

Pakistan's best-known nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has said his country need not conduct any more nuclear tests and enhance its nuclear capability as it has already achieved a credible nuclear deterrent against India.

In an exclusive interview with Kyodo news in Islamabad, Khan, who is viewed as the architect of Pakistan's nuclear programme, said that even if India carries out more testing, Pakistan should refrain from doing so.

“We know our design is perfect, the system that we have developed worked on May 28 and 30, 1998, when Pakistan carried out six nuclear tests in response to tests India
conducted earlier that month,” Khan said.

Khan said that since carrying out those tests, his organisation has kept a low profile as ''There was no need to enhance production of fissile material and bombs''.

Khan heads Khan Research Laboratories, a conglomerate engaged in research and development relating to nuclear, missile and other defense-related products.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 17, 2000 - 00:00

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