India on Thursday denounced Pakistan for claiming unverified that some materials recently seized in Bokaro in Jharkhand were uranium and described it as an attempt by Islamabad to slander the country.
The Foreign Office (MEA) said the seized materials were not uranium and claimed India maintains a strict law-based regulatory system for items under international control, which is reflected in its “impeccable” non-proliferation credentials.
“The Indian government’s Department of Atomic Energy, after a laboratory assessment and analysis of the sample material, said the material seized last week was neither uranium nor radioactive,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry’s gratuitous remarks on India, based on media report, indicate readiness to slander India without bothering to verify or verify the facts, he said. during a press briefing.
Mr Bagchi was responding to a question about Pakistan’s official comments in response to a media report on the seizure of suspicious material in Bokaro last week.
“Let me also reaffirm that India maintains a strict law-based regulatory system for items under international control, which is reflected in our irreproachable non-proliferation credentials recognized by the international community,” a- he declared.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry last week called for an investigation into what it called the seizure of nuclear material.
Asked about reports of security concerns at the Indian High Commission in Pakistan, Bagchi did not respond directly but said the MEA was maintaining contacts with local authorities regarding the safety and security of its diplomatic premises. .
“The MEA remains in contact with local authorities regarding the safety and security of all of our diplomatic premises, which we believe is the responsibility of the host government,” he said.