Pakistan needs no Indian certificate to prove its nukes are safe

May 14th, 2009 - 4:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, May 14 (ANI): Pakistan has said that it does not need any certification from India or any other country to prove that the control and command mechanism of its nuclear arsenal is full proof.

“We certainly do not need any certification from India and for that matter from any other country. We have enough confidence in our own foolproof mechanism of control and command structure,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said, while responding to Stratfor’s latest report, which said the US approved of Pakistan’s nuclear security because India was comfortable with it.

Texas based think-tank Stratfor had said: “The United States works very closely with India on the issue of Pakistan’s nuclear security. It also maintains that India remains comfortable with Pakistan’s command and control structure.”

According to the report, although India continued to underscore the threat it faced from Pakistan-based militants, it largely remained comfortable with Islamabad’s nuclear command-and-control infrastructure.

“This would explain to a considerable degree the current US comfort level,” The News quoted the Stratfor report, as saying.

The report suggested that the degree to which India was worried about Pakistan could be taken as a parameter of the risk generated from Pakistan’s internal security lapse.

“New Delhi is a key source of intelligence on the status of that security, and a good - albeit imperfect - measure of valid concern is the degree to which India is worried about it, since it stands the greatest risk of being targeted by Pakistan-based nukes,” it said. (ANI)

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