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Pakistan Army assures safety of nuclear assets

The Pakistan Army's reaction comes after US President Joe Biden said Pakistan has nuclear weapons without any cohesion.

Pakistan Army has reposed complete confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear command and control structure and security arrangements for safeguarding the country’s strategic assets.

Pakistan Army commanders met on Tuesday at the 252nd Corps Commanders’ Conference held at General Head Quarters (GHQ) to review the country’s internal and external security situation. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bajwa presided over the conference.

According to the details by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the meeting at the GHQ was told that as a responsible nuclear weapon state, Pakistan has taken all measures necessary to strengthen its nuclear security regime, at par with international best practices.

Read more: Biden’s Attack on Pakistan’s Nuclear Program

The meeting was also apprised of the army’s assistance to civil administration for relief and rehabilitation efforts in the flood-affected areas and post-flood situation, particularly in Sindh and Balochistan.

While expressing satisfaction over the operational preparedness of the formations, the COAS reiterated Pakistan Army’s resolve to defend the motherland against all threats.

Biden’s explosive remarks on Pakistan’s nuclear security

The reaction of Pakistan Army comes after US President Joe Biden said Pakistan has nuclear weapons without any cohesion. President Joe Biden said Pakistan may be “one of the most dangerous nations in the world” as the country has “nuclear weapons without any cohesion”.

He made the remarks while addressing a Democratic congressional campaign committee reception on Thursday.

transcript of the address, published on the White House’s website, quoted Biden as saying: “… And what I think is maybe one of the most dangerous nations in the world: Pakistan. Nuclear weapons without any cohesion.”

The remarks created an uproar in Pakistan, with Acting Foreign Secretary Jauhar Saleem calling in US Ambassador in Islamabad Donald Blome to deliver a “strong demarche” for Biden’s comments.

Read more: Why Pakistan is embarrassed and concerned over the remarks by Joe Biden

“Pakistan’s disappointment and concern were conveyed to the US envoy on the unwarranted remarks, which were not based on ground reality or facts.

“It was made clear that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear state and its impeccable stewardship of the nuclear program and adherence to global standards and international best practices was well acknowledged, including by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency),” a statement issued by the Foreign Office last Friday said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif rejected US Biden’s comments as “factually incorrect and misleading”.