India hopes Pakistan will secure its nuclear assets

      Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Friday expressed the hope that Pakistan would take steps to secure its nuclear assets. Answering a question with reference to a bomb attack near the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, which is about 75 km from Islamabad, and reportedly houses some of the country's nuclear assets, Rao said that New Delhi hoped authorities in Islamabad would ensure the safeguarding of those assets. “What I want to say on the issue is that we hope that the Pakistan Government will continue to take steps to effectively secure their nuclear assets,” Rao said. The bomb attack claimed the lives of eight people, but officials moved quickly to deny suggestions that it was linked to the country's nuclear program. The bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body at a checkpoint outside the complex. Fakhr Sultan, a district police officer, told reporters at Kamra that security was so tight that it prevented the bomber from entering or getting close enough to the vicinity. A Pakistan Air Force official was quick to dispel suggestions on Friday that the Kamra facility was linked to the weapons program. The Pakistan Government has already said that the country's nuclear infrastructure is safe and faced no threat from Taliban militants.

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