Pak rules out capture of its nuke arsenal by US forces

May 19th, 2009 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Islamabad, May 19 (ANI): Pakistan’s military establishment and the Foreign Ministry have rule out the possibility of a capture of the country’s nuclear arsenal by US forces.

The US media recently claimed that a US special squad, specifically trained to secure Pakistan’s nuclear assets, is in Afghanistan and waiting a green signal from President Barack Obama to launch its operation inside Pakistan to complete the mission.

Contrary to the prevailing concerns about the serious threats looming over Islamabad’s nuclear programme, the military as well as the Foreign Ministry are pretty sure that the US and its military high command are well aware of Pakistan’s capabilities to defend its strategic assets and also know that that the nukes are in safe hands.

Though certain members of these establishments admit that the US is keenly pursuing the objective of denuclearising Pakistan, yet they acknowledge that this is not possible without Islamabad’s cooperation.

Director-General ISPR Major General Athar Abbas does see the hand of Jewish and Indian lobby behind the international propaganda unleashed against Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

He, however, insisted that Washington knows that these are non-issues and that the Pakistan’s nuclear programme is secure, The News reports.

“They know this. They have acknowledged this,” Abbas said. He also strongly ruled out the capability of the US forces to capture Pakistan’s nuclear assets.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said that those planning to get hold of “our nuclear arsenal” were not aware of Pakistan’s capabilities. “This is simply impossible,” he said, adding that “our command and control system is second to none”. (ANI)

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