Pakistan rubbishes US intelligence report on nuke weapons

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Islamabad, Feb 6 : Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected a US intelligence report that alleged that "vulnerabilities exist" in the military's control of its nuclear weapons.

Pakistan had "not seriously threatened the military's control of the nuclear arsenal, but vulnerabilities exist, " said the report in its annual threat assessment.

Ruling out any concern on the issue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq said: "Pakistan's nuclear assets are safe. There should be no cause for concern over hypothetical scenarios which have zero probability."

Sadiq came down heavily on the Western media for criticising Pakistan's record in tackling militancy.

"What Pakistan has done to counter the challenge of the al-Qaeda and terrorism is well known. We do not need to repeat that. Pakistan has given more sacrifices than any other country in this war," the Dawn quoted him, as saying.

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