US has taken control of Pak N-weapons: MMA

Updated on Jul 29, 2006 05:19 PM IST

Islamic alliance Muttahida Majlis-e Amal has charged that the US has taken over the country's nuclear weapons.

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An Islamic alliance in Pakistan has charged that the US has taken over the country's nuclear weapons and the leadership here has no control over them.

Pakistan's nuclear weapons were no more in the hands of the rulers even though they talked of nuclear war "in response to threats from India," Qazi Hussain Ahmed, President of the Islamic alliance Muttahida Majlis-e Amal (MMA), was quoted by Dawn as telling a public meeting at Hyderabad in Sindh province on Friday.

He alleged that the United States has taken over Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

Ahmed accused President Pervez Musharraf of reneging from a promise made in a televised address to the nation by not stepping down as the Chief of Army after December 2004.

It was unconstitutional that one man should hold offices of President and Army Chief as a result of which the army and other national institutions have become controversial, he said.

Ahmed blamed the government for creating a particular class of rich Generals, bureaucrats, privileged and capitalists.

The same class of people purchased properties abroad through wealth "looted" by them in the country whereas 50 per cent of people continued to live below the poverty line, he claimed.

Whenever the army took over the reins of the country, the Constitution became the first casualty while the Generals violated their oath, he charged, adding that Musharraf and his "junta" were "patronising" mafias, which had grabbed national resources.

Ahmed said the army had been pitted against their own brethren in tribal areas in order to teach them enlightened moderation.

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