Rawalpindi, Nov.10 (ANI): Pakistan's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Tariq Majid has rebuked reports regarding Islamabad sharing information about its nuclear assets with foreign countries ,terming them as 'absurd and plain mischief.'
Referring to investigative journalist Seymour Hersh's report in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine that Washington has been negotiating highly sensitive understandings with the Pakistani Army about the security of the country's nuclear arsenal, General Majid said no foreign entity is allowed to cross the 'red lines'.
"I reiterate in very unambiguous terms that there is absolutely no question of sharing or allowing any foreign individual, entity or state any access to sensitive information about our nuclear assets," The Daily Times quoted General Majid, as saying.
"Our engagement with other countries ... to learn more about international best practices for security of such assets is based on two clearly spelt out red lines - non intrusiveness and our right to pick and choose," he added.
Commenting on the international community's concerns over the safety of Pakistan's nuke establishments, General Majid asserted that country's security forces are capable of countering any step taken against the nuke installations.
"We do not need to negotiate with any other country to physically augment our security forces, which in any case, we believe, are more capable than their forces," he said.
Hersh, in his report, claimed that during meetings with current and former officials in Washington and Pakistan, he was told that the agreements would allow specially trained American units to provide added security for Pakistani nuclear arsenal in case of a crisis.
At the same time, the Pakistani military would be given money to equip and train Pakistani soldiers and improve their housing and facilities, says the report. (ANI)