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Taliban aims to take over Pak, its nukes

The Taliban has said they have no plans to attack Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, asserting that it is the only Muslim state possessing such weapons and the terror group aims to take over the country, as well as its nukes.

world Updated: May 29, 2011 03:06 IST

The Taliban has said they have no plans to attack Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, asserting that it is the only Muslim state possessing such weapons and the terror group aims to take over the country, as well as its nukes.

Taliban has stepped-up violent campaign to avenge Osama bin Laden’s death has renewed fears that the country’s warheads could be vulnerable.

Declaring that “Pakistan is the only Muslim nuclear power state,” Taliban Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that his group had no intention of changing the fact, Wall Street Journal reported. The Taliban, after all, aim to take over Pakistan and its weapons, he said.

A well coordinated Taliban attack on Pakistan key naval airbase at Karachi had triggered fresh global alarm that radical militant groups operating from the country’s restive tribal areas bordering Afghanistan might be out to snatch nuclear weapons.

Seeking to dismiss these concerns, Ehsan claimed that US was using this as an excuse to pressurise Pakistan government and military into fighting Taliban, whom he portrayed as country’s true protectors.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/29_05_pg19d.jpg

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The latest blast occurred in Salarza, about 15 km north of region’s main town of Khar.

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