Pakistan denies Musharraf’s statement on safety of nuclear weapons

November 17th, 2007 - 9:56 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 17 (ANI): Pakistan today denied reports that President General Pervez Musharraf had said that the country’s nuclear weapons could fall into ‘wrong hands’.
“This report is a complete distortion of the President’s interview,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said, regarding a report of the BBC, which had interviewed Musharraf.
Musharraf said that if elections were held in the wrong environment, the results could lead to chaos. And if that happened, he argued, Pakistan’s nuclear weapons could become vulnerable, the BBC reported.
“They cannot fall into the wrong hands, if we manage ourselves politically… The military is there - as long as the military is there, nothing happens to the strategic assets, we are in charge and nobody does anything with them,” the BBC quoted Musharraf, as saying.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman today said that contrary to the report, President Musharraf had reiterated that the nuclear weapons “cannot fall into wrong hands”.
“He (President) had argued that because the military organization is responsible for their safety and security, our strategic assets are totally secure and in no danger of falling in wrong hands,” The News quoted the spokesman, as saying. (ANI)

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