US accused of rolling back Pakistan's nuclear programme
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, July 10, IRNA -- A former senior Pakistan's army general has accused the United States of conspiring to rollback the Pakistan's nuclear programme by defaming the country’s agencies and retired generals.
Talking to Geo television Lieutenant General (retd) Zulfiqar Khan said that America had targeted the nuclear programme of Pakistan and wanted to control it and roll it back.
“For this purpose, sometimes they make baseless statement that Taliban can control Pakistan’s nuclear assets and sometimes they launch propaganda about the command and control system of Pakistan,” he said.
The US newspaper published a letter purportedly from a senior North Korean official to the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan in 1998 detailing payment of $3 million to Pakistan’s former army chief General Jehangir Karamat and another half-million to Lieutenant General Zulfiqar Khan, who was involved in Pakistan’s nuclear bomb tests.
About the claim of American newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ that he and former chief of army staff Gen (R) Jehangir Karamat had received big money from North Korea, Zulfiqar said the accusation was absolutely wrong and based on ill intentions.
He said the letter showed that America wanted to develop distrust in the people of Pakistan against the country’s armed forces and security agencies, so as to achieve its evil designs against the nuclear programme of Pakistan.
The Washington Post had sought an explanation from him about a letter, which stated that a missile deal between Pakistan and North Korea had been facing some hurdles, the point which ultimately became the basis of the corruption allegation.
Lt Gen (R) Zulfiqar Khan asserted that the fact was that the missile deal had been struck between North Korea and Pakistan without any dispute or differences during the tenure of Benazir Bhutto as prime minister in 1993-94. He added that North Korea did not need to give any gratification to anybody while the deal was done without any dispute. Further, the deal was struck between North Korea and the Defence Ministry of Pakistan.
Zulfiqar Ali Khan said he would serve a defamation notice on The Washington Post, adding the letter published was written in 1998 and that at that time he was not performing duties at the army’s headquarters.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30470631
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