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Pak nukes not secure: President

world Updated: Jun 09, 2009 00:17 IST

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Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has said there is a possibility that its nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of Taliban if democracy “fails” in his country and the world doesn’t help.

“If democracy in this country fails, if the world doesn’t help democracy — then any eventuality is a possibility,” he said in an interview to German newspaper Der Spiegel when asked whether he like his late wife Benazir Bhutto feared that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of Islamist extremists.

“But as long as democracy is there, there is no question of that situation arising. All important installations and weaponry are always under extra security,” Zardari said.

“Nuclear weapons are not Kalashnikovs — the technology is complicated, so it is not as if one little Taliban could come down and press a button,” he said.

“I want to assure the world that the nuclear capability of Pakistan is in safe hands,” he said.