Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday described as "pure
fiction" a US media report about possible American plans to
secure the country`s nuclear arsenal in the event of any
extremist threat, saying no one should "underestimate" its
capability to defend its national interests.
A statement issued by Foreign Office spokesperson
Tehmina Janjua said the article "The Ally From Hell" in The
Atlantic journal was "baseless and motivated".
She dismissed the article as "pure fiction, baseless and
"It is part of a deliberate propaganda campaign meant to
mislead opinion. The surfacing of such campaigns is not
something new. It is orchestrated by quarters that are
inimical to Pakistan," she said.
Janjua said: "No one should underestimate Pakistan`s will
and capability to defend its sovereignty, territorial
integrity and national interests."
The article had accused Pakistan of lying to the US
administration in the campaign against terrorists and failing
to detect the presence of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
It said that army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had
asked officials of the Strategic Plans Division to take
additional steps to secure Pakistan`s nuclear arsenal in the
wake of the US raid that killed bin Laden in the garrison town
of Abbottabad on May 2.