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Pak nukes not safe, says Qureshi

Pakistan's nuclear weapons are not safe under the present PPP dispensation country's former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said evoking an angry response from the government which rejected his contention as "baseless". Qureshi said Pakistan's nuclear programme was not safe under President Asif Ali Zardari s leadership. The ex-PPP leader has recently parted company with the ruling party and announced joining Imran Khan's party.

world Updated: Nov 29, 2011 01:12 IST

Pakistan's nuclear weapons are not safe under the present PPP dispensation country's former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said evoking an angry response from the government which rejected his contention as "baseless". Qureshi said Pakistan's nuclear programme was not safe under President Asif Ali Zardari s leadership. The ex-PPP leader has recently parted company with the ruling party and announced joining Imran Khan's party.

The former Zardari ally made these remarks at a public rally at Ghotki in Sindh where he announced joining hands with the cricketer-turned politician. He is the highest ranking Pakistani politician to comment that the country s nuclear weapons were not safe.

His remarks come on the heels of warnings by Western experts that Islamabad s nukes could fall into the hands of Taliban terrorists. Though Qureshi did not give details of how Pakistan's nukes were in danger but promised to talk about this in detail at the next public gathering in Karachi.