Pak Army Refutes Seymour Hersh's Article On Nuclear Assets

Pakistan's  Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee  General Tariq Majid on Monday  rejected an article by Seymour M. Hersh, published in The New Yorker terming it as absurd and plain mischievous.He said: 'We have operationalised
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PTI November 09, 2009 22:08 IST

Pakistan's  Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee  General Tariq Majid on Monday  rejected an article by Seymour M. Hersh, published in The New Yorker terming it as absurd and plain mischievous.

He said: 'We have operationalised a very effective nuclear security regime, which incorporates very stringent custodial and access controls.

'As overall custodian of the development of our strategic programme, I reiterate in very unambiguous terms that there is absolutely no question of sharing or allowing any foreign individual, entity or a state, any access to sensitive information about our nuclear assets.”

Gen Majid said: 'Our engagement with other countries through IAEA or bilaterally to learn more about the international best practices for security of such assets are based on two clearly spelt out RedLines - non intrusiveness' and our right to pick and choose'.

'Also, our security apparatus has the capacity and is fully geared to meet all conceivable challenges, therefore, we do not need to negotiate with any other country to physically augment our security forces, which in any case, we believe, are more capable than their forces', Gen Majid said.

Commenting on the question raised through an article captioned Pakistan Nuclear Security Plan: How much does US really know?', General Tariq responded, "only that much as they can guess and nothing more".

 
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