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Security fears force Pak to share N-secrets with West: report

Amid growing global concerns over Pakistan's nuclear weapons falling in the hands of the Taliban, top Pakistani officials are sharing tightly guarded secrets on its weapons programme with western countries so as to dispel fears over their security, a news report has said.

world Updated: May 02, 2009 16:58 IST

Amid growing global concerns over Pakistan's nuclear weapons falling in the hands of the Taliban, top Pakistani officials are sharing tightly guarded secrets on its weapons programme with western countries so as to dispel fears over their security, a news report has said.

US president Barack Obama has expressed "grave concern" over the overall situation in Pakistan as Taliban militants aim to control the heartland of the country.

Pakistan’s senior civil and military officials are sharing tightly held information about the country’s nuclear weapons programme with western countries in a bid to allay fears about the security of warheads in the face of a Taliban advance, the Financial Times newspaper said.

Pakistan highly secretive nuclear programme, developed outside the nuclear non-proliferation regime, has been engulfed in controversy, including its links with the gobal nuclear blackmarkets involving its top scientist A Q Khan.

The US has a "huge national security interests in making sure that Pakistan is stable and that you don’t end up having a nuclear-armed militant state", Obama said in a prime-time news conference marking the 100-day of his presidency on Thursday.

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