Pakistan denies it moved nukes in insecure vans


Pakistan described as “pure fiction” a US media report that suggested American plans to secure the country’s nuclear weapons in the event of any extremist threat and said on Sunday that no one should underestimate its capability to defend its national interests. Foreign Office Spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said in a press statement that the article titled “The ally from hell” published in The Atlantic was “baseless and motivated”. She also rejected the claim made in the report that the country’s nuclear weapons were “transported in delivery vans on congested and dangerous roads”, saying the report is baseless and motivated. The Atlantic had reported in its latest edition that Pakistan had begun moving its nuclear weapons in low-security vans. Janjua said the report was a part of a deliberate propaganda campaign meant to mislead opinion. The spokeswoman said: “The surfacing of such campaigns is not something new. It is orchestrated by quarters that are inimical to Pakistan. No one should underestimate Pakistan’s will and capability to defend its sovereignty, territorial integrity and national interests.”