Pakistan rejects reports of nuclear insecurity

By REUTERS
November 6, 2011 13:02

 
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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Sunday dismissed an article in a US magazine that called the South Asian nation an "ally from hell" for Washington and raised questions about the safety of its nuclear arsenal and commitment to fighting militancy.

A statement from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs termed the cover story of The Atlantic's December 2011 issue "pure fiction, baseless and motivated."

"The surfacing of such campaigns is not something new. It is orchestrated by quarters that are inimical to Pakistan," the statement said.

Writers Jeffrey Goldberg and Marc Ambinder wrote that Pakistan is "an obvious place" for militants to seek nuclear weapons or materials because of a weak government and infiltration of its security forces by jihadist sympathizers.

But Pakistan, the article said, is more concerned about American designs on its nuclear arsenal and goes to great lengths to conceal its weapons.

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