Pakistan rejects ST story

ISLAMABAD (APP) – Pakistan on Sunday strongly rejected a report of Christina Lamb in Sunday Times claiming that “Elite US troops ready to combat Pakistani nuclear hijacks” and termed it rubbish and figment of the imagination of the reporter.

Talking to a private TV channel, Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit stated that the assertions and insinuations made in the story are baseless. Pakistani government also devised and continued to implement a foolproof safety and security regime for nuclear-related materials.

Western media keep repeating such self-serving baseless propaganda.

However, Pakistan does not bother it as at official level no such assertions exist from west, he said while quoting a statement of US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, giving clean chit to Pakistan in respect to nuclear material’s safety.

Complaining discriminatory behaviour of the western media, the foreign office spokesman said Pakistan never want to made South Asia an atomic region and never take part in armed race.

Pakistan only wants to fortify its defence, he said, adding that Pakistan went nuclear in response to Indian threats. Pakistan cannot be blamed and any wrong use of nuclear arsenal is simply out of question.

Admitting Pak-America differences over drone attacks, he said Pakistan was trying to convince the US that persistent drone attacks could endanger consensus in Pakistan to fight terror war.

It is hoped that the policy of erstwhile Bush administration would be revisited as it is proving counter productive, he said.

Responding to a question, he said if Pakistani media is critical of the US it directly links American policies. In response to constructive criticism of Pakistani media, the western media retorts with baseless propaganda against Pakistani nuclear-related material.

It is pertinent to mention here that Sunday Times in a report published on January 17, quoting a former CIA officer reported that the US army is training a crack unit to seal off and snatch back Pakistani nuclear weapons in the event that militants, possibly from inside the country’s security apparatus, get their hands on a nuclear device or materials that could make one.

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