Pak will maintain minimum credible nuclear deterrence: Gilani

Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with Gen Khalid Shamim Wyne.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 18:08 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan will take every possible step to maintain a minimum credible nuclear
deterrence despite economic constraints being faced by the country, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Monday.

Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with Gen Khalid Shamim Wyne, who recently assumed charge as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee.

"Despite economic constraints, the government would not ignore the defence requirements of the country and every possible step would be taken to maintain the level of minimum credible deterrence," the premier said.

He lauded the professional preparedness of the armed forces. Wyne briefed Gilani about his recent visit to South Korea to participate in a chiefs of defence staff conference.

He apprised the premier of his meetings with the military leadership of participating countries.

Gilani and Wyne also discussed professional matters related to the three services and the overall security situation of Pakistan.

PTI