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Bush Sr hit my N-plan: Bhutto

Former Pak PM has admitted that her Govt was pressured and prevented by US from making nuclear bomb.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2004 18:52 IST
Asian News International
Asian News International

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has admitted that there was a time when the United States pressured and prevented her government from assembling nuclear devices, and even a nuclear bomb.

In an interview with the BBC, Bhutto said that Washington's pressure forced her to convince the then president and the army not to assemble the nuclear devices.

"I sat down and convinced the president and the army and co-opted the nuclear scientists to ensure there were no export of nuclear weapons and that we would not put together our nuclear devices," she was quoted by The News, as saying.

Referring to the negotiations that her government had with the administration of President George H Bush Sr, she said the US government was then very worried about Pakistan's nuclear program.

There was also a fear of an attack on Pakistan's nuclear assets - on the line of the one Israel had carried out on Iraq's nuclear plant.

Bhutto said she addressed the concerns of the Bush administration to "protect" the country's nuclear programme.

Moreover, she said, the then Bush administration also said that they did not want Pakistan to put together its nuclear devices as "once put together, detonating them is much faster".

First Published: Feb 24, 2004 15:13 IST