Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Pakistan rejects idea of outside nuclear help

Pakistan has rejected a media report according to which Islamabad receives outside help for its nuclear security mechanisms. Commenting on a report that Pakistan ensures the security of its nuclear arsenal only with the help of its allies, the spokesman of Pakistan's Foreign Office, Abdul Basit, described his country's nuclear security, in general, and Islamabad's nuclear weapons, in particular, as completely indigenous. Basit said Tuesday that Islamabad has a well-established nuclear command authority which is, among other things, responsible for the security of Pakistan's nuclear program. "Our command, control, safety and security systems are equal, if not better than other nuclear weapons states. In the civilian realm, Pakistan has benefited from international best practices and we maintain close interaction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," he insisted. According to Basit, Pakistan is also a member of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism where Islamabad interacts with all member states to enhance mutual understanding.


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