ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's atomic assets are absolutely safe and highly trained security force of 2500 personnel, equipped with modern weapons, is entrusted to guard the assets, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said Saturday.

Speaking in National Assembly, he said the programme is being guarded by Special Response Force, Special Escort Force, Marine Force, Counter Intelligence Teams and Personnel Reliability Programmes.

In 1999, the programme was divided in different parts but now it has a unified National Command Authority headed by the prime minister and Special Projects Division (SPD) acts as liaison among various programmes, he informed.

Speaking about measures taken for security of Strategic Assets of the country, the finance minister said Pakistan's programme for security of strategic assets is prepared with a great sense of responsibility and its defence measures are up to the prescribed international standards.

He said the programme is protected by Strategic Forces Command and it works under a strict Regulatory Regime relating to nuclear safety including protection of material and facilities, Fissile Material Control and Accounting, steps against illegal trafficking and border controls.

The programme has an Export Control Regime of international standards set up by Nuclear Suppliers Group, Missile Technology Control Regime and Australia Group, the finance minister added.

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Ahmad
June 22, 2013 9:06 pm

save the weapons, but let the people die in miserable poverty. what kind of a country has this turned out to be?

rosh
June 22, 2013 10:05 pm

How we can trust a person who always tell lies to the public. His statement to NAB against Nawaz Sharif corruption is a proof. If he is honest then why he is still in the same party.

All dramas bazz, chor and mochi's

Ayoub Alam
June 22, 2013 10:14 pm

Why is the finance minister talking on nuclear assets?. Is he done with the financial matters?

Saad(DXB)
June 22, 2013 10:17 pm

Why don't you also give the address of the locations where these assets are stored? You have already given the security details of these assets on a plate to the world, you idiot... Government officials protect should be protecting kind of information with their last breaths. With leaders like these, who needs enemies?

Shah
June 22, 2013 10:41 pm

PLEASE! Stop comenting on the program, its security and progress!!!

Nautilus
June 22, 2013 10:57 pm

Oh that's reassuring.

When are you having next sales of such toys so that I can queue up in the bargain hunt and not be disappointed.

Reader
June 22, 2013 11:45 pm

How can a Finance Minster who has just taken up his post know the whereabouts of Pakistan's nukes and what is it to do with Finance? Does it mean that US knows more about our nukes via their intelligence, if so then it is disgraceful and concerning.

Pankaj Patel
June 22, 2013 11:52 pm

2500 security personnel including intelligence personal for more then hundred nukes? seems situation is grim for country like Pakistan where security lapse is well known.As I understand these nukes are spread all over Pakistan and not difficult for the terrorists to know about it.I believe Taliban or other militants are learning how and where to use Nukes before they grab it.It seems only a matter of time when we will be surprised,till then these politicians will keep us assured of it's safety.

Naseem Arshad
June 23, 2013 12:44 am

It means USA needs 5000 special forces or say 7500 special forces to get hold of these assets. Hi Mr. Dar.. Are you a defense minister or finance one. I know you are darling to Nawaz Sharif but please do not discuss National Security issues. Those are beyond your scope.How can an economical slave nation win the war against MONEY MASTERS. Thanks for understanding.

Mushtaq
June 23, 2013 2:13 am

The last time I knew, Mr. Dar was Federal Finance Minister.

ozman
June 23, 2013 3:23 am

Yes atomic assets are safe, but country as a whole is at the verge of disintegration.

Satish
June 23, 2013 5:51 am

Dear Dar Sahib, u are unable to protect yr public from almost daily one or more bomb explosions in entire Pakistan except Punjab province than how u claim to safe yr nukes. The same resources u wd have been used for protection of yr public , providing electricity and gas,,,,it wd have been better.

msalvi
June 23, 2013 6:23 am

Such statements is not the job of finance minister. The PM is supposed to do that. This kind of lack of discipline is going to cause confusion.

Abdul Malik
June 23, 2013 7:10 am

Would Dar, the finance minister, stop issuing statement on matter not relevent to his ministry? It's high time ministers contain themselves to issues/matters related to their parent ministry rather than meddling in other ministry's affairs.

hasan ehtisham
June 23, 2013 10:53 am

motive typically given by west and India to declare Pakistan a failed state is relating Pakistan security with nuclear terrorism. But Pakistan, and while Pakistan has long conducted asymmetric warfare under its nuclear umbrella, Pakistan has made significant strides in securing its nuclear arsenal through the establishment of the National Command Authority and the Strategic Plans Directorate.

Nasr
June 23, 2013 1:26 pm

Wow! it seems that players of the Nawaz Team are trying to practice on all kind of pitches. First it was Chaudhry Nisar taking and talking about the development and other administrative matters related to Islamabad and now the man of numbers Mr; Dar suddently jumped into matters of Pakistan Nuclear prgramme and its safety. What is going on guys? ou do not have enough on your plates?

Omar
June 23, 2013 5:22 pm

Nuclear "assets" are actually a huge liability.

Mir Asadullah
June 23, 2013 6:48 pm

Yes Sir, They are as safe as the foreign mountain climbers were. I prey to God almighty that someone steals our nukes. They will only bring us sorrow.

Sarwat Hasan
June 24, 2013 12:38 am

Mr. Dar, that was a foolish remark on your part for divulging any details of security around the nuke facilities, why do you have to associate any number to the detail assigned to the sites. It is Pakistan's bad luck, that such incompetent and undeserving people rule our country.

RKM
June 24, 2013 4:41 am

Actually, the report is missing an extra zero. It is 25,000 troops and not 2500 being used to protect the nukes. The minimum cost is about half to one billion dollars.

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