Gilani denies links with North Korea`s N-programme

Pakistan`s nuclear physicist AQ Khan has been accused by Western nations of running a clandestine proliferation ring.

Seoul: Amid global concerns over Pakistan`s
track record on nuclear non-proliferation, Prime Minister
Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday said his country had no links with
North Korea`s atomic programme.

"There had been some disinformation and allegations
during the past, but now it is a closed chapter that we have
already denied," said Gilani, who is here to attend second
Nuclear Security Summit.

His comments to South Korea`s Yonhap news agency, Gilani
denied any links with North Korea`s nuclear programme
contending that the allegations were unfounded.

He said there was a need for the world to come up with a
strategy to safeguard fissile materials that can be used for
weapons of mass destruction.

Pakistan has developed very effective command and control
systems to protect nuclear materials, Gilani said, adding that
the information would be shared with the rest of the world.

Pakistan`s disgraced nuclear physicist AQ Khan has been
accused by Western nations, including the US of running a
clandestine proliferation ring. He had admitted to have
provided nuclear technology to several countries, including
North Korea in the past.

A book had also claimed that former Pakistani prime
minister Benazir Bhutto had smuggled in critical data on
uranium enrichment to North Korea when she was on an official
visit there.

"Before leaving Islamabad she shopped for an overcoat
with the `deepest possible pockets` into which she transferred
CDs containing the scientific data about uranium enrichment
that the North Koreans wanted," author Syam Bhatia had written
in his book `Goodbye, Shahzadi`.

The claim is based on conversations that the author had
with Bhutto in 2003.