In a statement issued on Friday, she explained that the US media just could not get over its unhealthy obsession with Pakistan’s nuclear weapons – encouraged ostensibly by the US government.
The latest is a 3 August report by Robert Windrem entitled “US prepares for worst-case scenario with Pakistan nukes”. The report tries desperately to establish two points: One that the US has a foolproof plan to seize control of Pakistan’s nukes; and, two, that the US has somehow been giving aid and assistance to Pakistan to secure its arsenal.
Unfortunately for the author, he fails on both counts because he has no hard facts to go on! Even the deliberately selective persons interviewed – known opponents of Pakistan’s nukes – do not provide the author with what he was seeking.
Nevertheless, some terrorist acts are cited totally out of context to try and establish some sort of terrorist threat to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. For instance, the Wah factory attack is cited but the ignorance of the author is exposed because the Wah ordnance factory produces conventional weapons and has absolutely no linkage to production or storage of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, she said.
The fact of the matter is, as STR has reiterated with hard evidence in its briefings for the media, Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is not only beyond the physical reach of the US, but the location of which still a frustrating mystery for the Americans, she added.
She said that it is truly ironic that the Pakistani media picks up these stories and simply reproduces them without exposing the false information in them.
“Even more damaging are the stories now emerging from the US and being picked up without proper examination by segments of the Pakistani media. These relate to how the US is going to pressure Pakistan into signing a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) through the UN this September,” Mazari said.
She explained that the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva has been debating the FMCT for some time and the issue has been held up for fifteen years and this has not been because of Pakistan but because there are other issues linked with the FMCT on which countries like China and other countries wish to see adequate progress. Therefore for the UN Secretary General and the US to declare that one country is holding up the FMCT in the CD is factually incorrect, she said.