Pakistan’s nukes not safe under the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari: Shah Mehmood
The former foreign minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has alleged that the Pakistan’s nuclear assets were not safe under the present leadership of Pakistan people’s Party. Querish made this statement while addressing to gathering in Ghotki, Sindh,
on November 27, in which he announced his inclusion in PTI. Mr Qureshi had quitted from PPP couple of months back after having some differences with the top leadership of ruling party. Earlier, he has served as foreign minister in the same set up for at least
three and half years but was removed from the office in February this year.
In February 2011, the Government of Pakistan reduced the number of cabinet seats. During this transition, Shah Mehmood Qureshi was offered the position of Minister of Water and Power. He declined, saying that he was "not interested in water and power ministry
in place of foreign affairs.
However, real motive behind his removal is told to have difference of opinion with the president house on giving the immunity to Raymond Davis, who allegedly killed two Pakistanis in Lahore. Qureshi demanded legal action against the culprit but government
was not ready to do so following the American pressure.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi thrashed the federal government over it double standards and said that they are working only to save their positions and no national agenda was involved in the process. He added that present government could harm to the nuclear program
of Pakistan. He slammed the government over mounting corruption and said, “Zardari and Gilani have promoted plundering and looting and bad governance and caused Pakistan to lose international credibility. This is the right time to push them out.”
Meanwhile, the spokesman of Pakistan foreign office Tehmina Janjua rejected these speculations and said that there was no such danger. She added that, “Our policy of maintaining credible minimum deterrence will be maintained. Under no circumstances can this
national programme, which is integral to Pakistan’s defence, be compromised.”
She also claimed that, “well-established institutional mechanisms are responsible for managing Pakistan’s strategic assets and programmes. We have effective custodial controls.”