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ISLAMABAD, May 17, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Taking strong notice of orchestrated campaign against countrys nuclear arsenal, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has made it clear no foreign individual entity or state has been provided or will ever be provided access to our secret information. Giving Policy statement on Pakistans Nuclear Security during address to Central Executive Committee (CEC) and Federal Council PPP, the Premier added, the campaign has tried to link Pakistans internal situation with nuclear Security in an attempt to discredit Pakistans nuclear capability. Disinformation is being spread deliberately to undermine Pakistan, he said, adding that, "nuclear weapons are the cornerstone of Pakistans deterrence strategy and enjoy complete national consensus and support. It was the founder of the PPP Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who initiated Pakistans nuclear programme and we are proud to say that we are the pioneers, he said. We are determined to retain nuclear deterrence at all cost while ensuring fail-safe security of our nuclear assets, he said. The Prime Minister went on to say no amount of coercion, direct or indirect, will ever force Pakistan to compromise on its core security interest. Pakistan has developed and operationlized an immaculate nuclear weapons security regime which is multilayered, has stringent access controls and incorporates modern technical solutions and rigorous Human Reliability Programmes and it conforms to international best practices and has the capacity to meet all challenges, Gilani said. "Insinuations to the contrary are plain mischievous and designed to create doubts in the minds of the people of Pakistan and I dismiss these with contempt", he said. Commenting on Swat operation, he said, the atrocities of the militants ruined Pakistans image abroad and they were working on foreign agenda and wanted to make state within a state. The Pakistan army achieves success at any front with help of nation would be succeeded in offensive against militants in Swat, he said. We had struck a deal to bring peace but the militants continued their activities and considered as our weakness, he said. Law enforcement agencies, Chief of the army staff Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani and leader of Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly, he said, were consulted before launching operation in the swat. He said Pakistan is facing two main issues one is terrorism and other is weak economy. "People voted for us to bring a change in Pakistan which was the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. She wanted Parliament should be supreme. She wanted reconciliation and peace. She wanted to take along all democratic forces and establishes rile and law in Pakistan, he said. "Keeping in view the agenda, the late Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto signed Charter of Democracy and we are forwarding her agenda even I had not taken oath I had submitted the agenda before the Parliament", he said. Some of the goal, he said, we have achieved and other are in pipelines and our alliance partners also respected Benazir Bhuttos vision. Government would lift the living standard of people, besides providing them employment opportunities and basic facilities. "When a single subside bomb takes place all the development in the area stopped. Economy can not lift without law and order. The Party workers are still looking towards us and we have not been able to deliver to them, he said. The main issue is terrorism and to deal it we have 3 pronged strategy which is dialogue, deterrence and development, the Premier said. We can not provide facilities like home to Internally displaced persons but we would rehabilitate them, the Prime minister said.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 17, 2009
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