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Nuclear assets in safe hands: Pakistan

world Updated: Sep 03, 2007 20:56 IST

Pakistan on Monday said that its nuclear assets are secure in a multilateral structure and termed as "baseless" reports that they may land in wrong hands.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam at her weekly briefing strongly rejected the claims published in a book titled A Major Threat to International Peace that nuclear assets of Pakistan can go into insecure hands.

"Pakistan has effective command and control systems and we know how to defend our nuclear assets," the spokesperson said.

Aslam said, "we have categorically stated a number of times that Pakistan's nuclear assets are in safe hands, and we are determined to ensure their protection at every cost".

She observed that Pakistan detonated nuclear devises in response to the Indian nuclear tests to maintain the balance in the region.

She said the clandestine international network run by Pakistan's nuclear scientist Abdul Qadir Khan for nuclear technology transfer has been eliminated.

Answering a question, she said Pakistan does not want to join arms race with India. "However, we have reservations on purchasing of new defence, armed equipments and airplanes by India," she said.