Pakistan censures western media for hostile propaganda

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Islamabad, Jan 9 (UNI) Pakistan today spewed venom against western and international media for unleasing a hostile propaganda against it and its national institutions.

''Some sections of the western media are indulging in baseless and sinister campaign against Pakistan in the garb of reporting and analysing the horrific Liaquat Bagh incident, that killed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in a gunfire and suicide attack on December 27,'' foreign ministry spokesman Muhammad Sadiq told a press briefing.

He said this campaign is apparently aimed at destabilising Pakistan and upsetting its people when they were already in a state of shock.

He said a section of the western press has always attacked Pakistan to create trouble for the country or portray it in negative light.

To give an example, he added, the Economist in a recent issue termed Pakistan the most dangerous place but the article only dealt with some challenges which the country was already trying to overcome.

He answered to a question that Pakistan is being targeted because of being a Muslim and third world state with nuclear weapons.

When his attention was drawn towards statements by US presidential candidates about safety of Pakistan's strategic assets and war on terror, Mr Sadiq said none of the governments, including the US or Britain, have ever expressed concern about security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

He said comments of politicians and academicians should not be overemphasised.

To another question, the spokesman said the Indian Government was reflecting the factual position while expressing satisfaction over security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

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