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Pakistan vows to protect its nuclear assets

Expressing confidence in the operational readiness of its strategic weapons, Pakistan's National Command Authority (NCA) vowed to pursue the policy of minimum deterrence.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2011 11:36 IST

Expressing confidence in the operational readiness of its strategic weapons, Pakistan's National Command Authority (NCA) vowed to pursue the policy of minimum deterrence.

The 19th meeting of the NCA, chaired here by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, reviewed issues of national importance in the regional and global security environment, reported the Associated Press of Pakistan.

The NCA said it was satisfied with the security and safety of Pakistan’s strategic programmes and facilities.

Gilani expressed his government’s firm resolve to protect the country’s strategic and nuclear assets at all costs.

He said: “Our detractors are working over time to malign Pakistan as well as our nuclear and strategic assets.

“Promoting and protecting national interests of Pakistan is a sacred responsibility and we will never fail in this noble duty.”

The prime minister said the incidents in Abbottabad and the Mehran naval base had raised concerns on the safety and security of the country’s strategic assets.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was gunned down on May 2 in Abbottabad, Pakistan by US commandos, and the Taliban had retaliated on May 22 by launching a massive attack at the key Mehran naval facility in Karachi.

The prime minister said the strategic programme forms the core of Pakistan’s national security paradigm.