RAW has penetrated Pakistan's nuke programme: Baig

Pakistan's former army chief Mirza Aslam Baig revealed this in Islamabad on Wednesday.
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Published on Mar 03, 2004 05:07 PM IST
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Anti-Pakistan forces, including from the US, the UK, India, and Israel penetrated the country's nuclear program, and as of now, Pakistan's defence and security apparatus was under threat, claimed former army chief general Mirza Aslam Baig.

"The agents of CIA, RAW, MOSSAD and MI5 have managed to penetrate into our nuclear program, as anti-Pakistan forces were trying to roll back country's nuclear capability," Online News quoted Baig as saying.

He said the claims of these four nations that they had been closely observing and watching the clandestine activities of nuclear scientist Dr AQ Khan, had greatly damaged the country's integrity.

These forces, he further went on to say, wanted Pakistan to rollback its nuclear program. This, he warned, would be destructive for the country.

Claiming that anti-state elements were present in each department of Pakistan under the guise of bureaucrats, technocrats, scholars and others, the former army chief said that these elements posed a serious threat to the country's security and integrity.

"Neither any government can rollback it, nor anyone has the right to inspect our laboratories," he elaborated.

He recalled that no federal government in the past had ever been involved in the freezing of the country's nuclear program. "No government has shown any flexibility about nuclear program and respective governments improved it for national defence. This was the reason that Pakistan became a nuclear power," he maintained.

He also urged the US and the UK to breakup the underground network of nuclear proliferation.

Baig claimed that Pakistan's nuclear program was for peaceful purposes. "KRL (Khan Research Laboratories) and its related activities are purely for peaceful purposes and now it is working under a full Command and Control Authority established in 1999," he said.

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