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Aslam Beg rejects allegation of nuke transfer to Iran as lie

Rejecting allegations that he was involved in transfer of nuke technology to Iran, the former Pak Army chief has termed them as "blatant lie".

world Updated: Feb 29, 2004 14:48 IST

Rejecting allegations that he was involved in transfer of nuclear technology to Iran in 1990, former Pakistan Army chief Gen Mirza Aslam Beg has termed them as "blatant lie".

General Beg said the reported allegation by then Deputy US Secretary of Defence Henry Rowen that he (Beg) had told him that in the event the US stopped giving arms to Pakistan, Islamabad would be compelled to transfer nuclear technology to Iran was a "blatant lie and a figment of imagination."

Beg, who has been interrogated by Pakistani investigators, said in a statement to local media here that similar allegations were made by former US Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Oakley as well as by Ishaq Dar, a close associate of deposed Premier Nawaz Sharif. Dar made the allegations in Pakistan Senate two days ago.

"The allegations made against me are a part of conspiracy to create a dent into Pakistan-Iran relationship," he was quoted as saying by local daily Dawn.

He said the nature of defence cooperation between Iran and Pakistan was no secret, and in the light of this to contend that there was exchange of nuclear secrets, was "concocted and baseless story".

"To make allegations based on hearsay is nothing but a crude attempt at character assassination. My own 'self' is not important but I certainly view the country's interests very vital, which are under threat through an orchestrated propaganda of this kind," he said.

First Published: Feb 29, 2004 14:48 IST