| GEO Pakistan|
| Swat accord linked to restoring peace: FO|
| Updated at: 1821 PST, Thursday, May 07, 2009|
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has categorically declared that details of its nuclear programme are sacrosanct and cannot be shared with any country.
Commenting on report published in an American newspaper about sharing information on Pakistan’s nuclear programme Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit also rejected concerns about safety of Pakistan’s strategic assets.
He said the country has foolproof custodial controls and safety mechanisms for its nuclear assets and the system is second to none.
“These controls and procedures are as good as that of any other nuclear state,” he said.
Referring to President Asif Zardari’s visit to US, the spokesman said President Zardari will have interaction with media and will meet with Senators Kerry and Logar along with other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington today.
The spokesman said on his way back, the President would visit UK and meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The issue of Pakistani students would come up for discussion and the President would focus towards preventing the deportation of Pakistani students presently under detention, he said.
Replying to a question the spokesman said, “Pakistan is pursuing the issue of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui both on the political and legal fronts. Pakistan has asked Obama administration to reconsider the case on humanitarian grounds”.
Commenting on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Washington yesterday, for transit trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the spokesman under the MoU, agreement will be finalised by the end of the year. He said both Pakistan and Afghanistan would negotiate to have new arrangements to replace the existing transit trade agreement signed in 1965.
The spokesman said Swat accord is linked with peace. He said the agreement couldn’t be implemented if the militants do not fulfil their part of the accord.