Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza on Monday asked people to refrain from commenting on Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

“In nuclear countries, only the National Command Authority has the right to comment on strategic programmes,” said General Nadeem Raza.

The military’s response comes a week after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in an interview said that if Pakistan goes bankrupt, then the country will have to face denuclearisation, predicting that the country would then be divided into three parts.

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Khan during the interview said that the establishment needs to make the right decisions and if they don’t, “the army will be destroyed”.

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General Nadeem Raza Monday stressed that people should avoid making baseless and unnecessary comments about Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

“Pakistan is a responsible and confident nuclear country,” the deputy chairman of the National Command Authority said during a seminar at the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST).

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“Pakistan will not compromise on its nuclear programme. Pakistan’s nuclear capability guarantees the defence of the homeland as well as its integrity; it also has the complete support of the political parties and the masses,” said Gen Raza.