ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Addressing a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Reception on Thursday, the United States President Joe Biden said Pakistan may be “one of the most dangerous nations in the world”.
A transcript of the address, published on the White House’s website, quoted Biden as saying Pakistan might be one of the dangerous countries, having nuclear weapons without cohesion.
“… And what I think is maybe one of the most dangerous nations in the world: Pakistan. Nuclear weapons without any cohesion,” he said.
The US president’s remarks were made in the context of the changing geopolitical situation globally, where he said the world was changing rapidly and countries were rethinking their alliances.
“And the truth of the matter is — I genuinely believe this — that the world is looking to us. Not a joke. Even our enemies are looking to us to figure out how we figure this out, what we do.”
Pakistan’s Reaction to Biden’s Remark
Soon after the news circulated around social media, Pakistani former Prime Minister Imran Khan reacted to Joe Biden’s remark, questioning the US president how he obtained such information that proves Pakistan as one of the most dangerous nations in the world.
“I have 2 Qs on this: 1. On what info has @POTUS reached this unwarranted conclusion on our nuclear capability when, having been PM, I know we have one of the most secure nuclear command & control systems?”, he tweeted.
“2. Unlike the US which has been involved in wars across the world, when has Pakistan shown aggression esp post-nuclearisation (sic)?”
The former PM, who believed the US plotted his ouster, claimed that Biden’s statement showed a “total failure of the imported” government’s foreign policy and its “claims of a reset of relations with the US”.
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“Is this the ‘reset’? This government has broken all records for incompetence,” Imran tweeted, adding that he feared the incumbent government would end up compromising national security
Meanwhile, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in whose administration Pakistan became an atomic power, also weighed in on the matter, saying Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state that is perfectly capable of safeguarding its national interest.
“Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state that is perfectly capable of safeguarding its national interest whilst respecting international law and practices,” he said in a tweet.
“Our nuclear program is in no way a threat to any country,” he exclaimed. “Like all independent states, Pakistan reserves the right to protect its autonomy, sovereign statehood and territorial integrity.”