Bush discusses ‘contingency’ plan for Pak’s nuclear arsenal with BrownNovember 14th, 2007 - 10:21 am ICT by admin
The safety of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal has been secretly discussed between Brown and Bush amid fears that the riots against Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf could lead to anarchy there, The Independent reported.
Though the plan is a closely guarded secret, US officials said there were no new intelligence inputs that would suggest that Pakistan’s controls over its nuclear facilities were in any danger of being compromised.
Bush has also assured Brown that military forces in Pakistan remain firmly in control and there is no present risk of the weapons falling into the hands of extremists.
“We have had no evidence of any threats or change in the security of the nuclear weapons that Pakistan has,” British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said.
There are rising concerns among European nations and the US Administration that the deteriorating situation in Pakistan could lead to the nuclear weapons falling into the hands of militants and extremists in the country.
Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is presently under the operational control of the military’s Strategic Plans Division, led by Lt-Gen Khalid Kidwai, who has close ties with the US military officials. (ANI)
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