India on Thursday pulled up Pakistan for its unconfirmed claim that the material seized recently in Jharkhand’s Bokaro was uranium and said it was an attempt to tarnish the country’s image. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the seized material was not uranium.

It said India has stringent legal regulations for international controlled materials, which is reflected in its non-proliferation activities.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “The Department of Nuclear Energy, Government of India, has found that the seized material is not uranium nor is it radioactive.

“The comments made by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on India shows their desperation to tarnish India’s image without verifying the facts,” he said.

Bagchi was replying to a question on the issue at a press conference. Pakistan’s foreign ministry last week called for an investigation into the seized material, calling it radio-righteous.

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