"We have taken note of President Obama's call on both Pakistan and India to work together with a view to ensuring that military doctrines do not move in the wrong direction," Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said.
The spokesman said Pakistan is ready to discuss arms control and restraint measures with India and "our proposal of strategic restraint regime" can provide basis for mutually agreed restraint measures and avoidance of unnecessary arms race in the region.
Pakistan is opposed to nuclear and conventional arms race and strongly believes in peace and stability in the region, he said.
"We are committed to minimum deterrence," Zakaria said, adding that Pakistan's nuclear capability was solely for self-defence.
On Friday, Obama had identified South Asia, in particular India and Pakistan, as one area where there is a need to make progress in nuclear security and reduction of nuclear arsenal. Zakaria claimed that there is increased understanding at the international level of Pakistan's genuine concerns regarding rapidly growing Indian conventional and nuclear capabilities and their offensive military designs such as cold start doctrine.
The spokesman said Pakistan has strong credentials to become a member of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as a non-NPT state. The NSG is still deliberating upon the issue of membership for non-NPT states, he said.
"Pakistan has strong credentials for full integration in the multilateral export control arrangements, including the NSG and we are confident that we will be able to qualify any principle-based, objective and non-discriminatory criteria developed for this purpose," he said.


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