Pakistan rejects US media claim as totally baseless
Commenting on Seymour Hersh's latest article "Defending the
Arsenal-In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?"
posted on the website of The New Yorker magazine, the Foreign Office
Spokesman termed the assertions made in the article as utterly
misleading and totally baseless.
"The author of the article yet again portrays his well-known
anti-Pakistan bias by making several false and highly irresponsible
claims by quoting anonymous and unverifiable sources".
"The article is thus nothing more than a concoction to tarnish the
image of Pakistan and create misgivings among its people," the Spokesman
said in statement here on Sunday.
The Spokesman underlined that Pakistan's strategic assets are
completely safe and secure. The multi-layered custodial controls, which
have been developed indigenously, are as foolproof and effective as in
any other nuclear weapons state, he added.
"Pakistan therefore does not require any foreign assistance in this
regard. Nor will Pakistan, as a sovereign state, ever allow any country
to have direct or indirect access to its nuclear and strategic
"Any suggestion to this effect is simply preposterous. Our
second-to-none professional armed forces are fully capable to take care
of our nuclear arsenal", he added. The Spokesman further said, "to set
the record straight, no talks have ever taken place on the issue of the
security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal with US officials". He said it
needs to be emphasized that contrary to what Hersh claims, the US has
repeatedly expressed its full confidence in our custodial controls.
Most recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself denied any
US concerns in this regard, he added.
The Spokesman said that Hersh is known to write sensational stories
premised in far-fetched and imaginary scenarios. "His latest article is
no exception and is, therefore, strongly rejected", he added. Islamabad,