Pak rubbish reports about sharing nuke secrets with West

May 3rd, 2009 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Islamabad,May 3 (ANI): Pakistan has rubbished media reports that claim that it had shared its nuclear secrets with some Western countries to assure about the safety of its nuclear arsenal.

Foreign Office spokesperson Abdul Basit termed the reports “totally baseless”.

Referring to fears in the international community about Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of the Taliban and other extremist groups, Basit said the country’s nuclear facilities are absolutely safe and the concerns are ‘unfounded’.

“Pakistan’s strategic assets are absolutely safe, given our robust multi-layered Command and Control systems. Concerns, if any, over the safety of our strategic assets are, therefore, unfounded,” The Nation quoted Basit, as saying.

Earlier, it was reported that senior Pakistani civil and military officials were sharing confidential information about the country’s nuclear arms programme with Western countries in order to allay fears about the security of these weapons.

A senior Western envoy in Islamabad said diplomats had been assured about the security in place for the weapons systems and also their distance from Taliban-held territory.

The report said the Pakistani officials presented this as an action to satisfy the West that its weapons would not fall into Taliban hands. . (ANI)

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