Pakistan Wednesday deemed Indian media’s report a “misleading attempt” for misreporting Director General International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi’s response to a query about the firing of India’s missile being fired into Pakistan on March 9 this year.
The Indian media reported that the BrahMos nuclear-capable missile fired into Pakistan’s territory from India was not a cause for any specific concern for the international nuclear watchdog.
The Foreign Office, in its statement, said that the report is a misleading attempt by the Indian state-sponsored media to absolve their country of its “irresponsible nuclear behavior” by directing the question to DG IAEA.
“The available transcripts show that DG IAEA responded in negatively when asked whether the IAEA had sought information from the Indian government on the incident. It should have been qualified by stating that IAEA has no mandate on such matters,” the statement read.
Pakistan stated that the DG’s response could not be “purposely misinterpreted” to “trivialize” the incident of a nuclear-capable BrahMos missile fire with grave implications for regional and global security.
It added that the incident had raised several questions about India’s conduct as a nuclear state, including whether it was actually an accident.