Pakistan’s military has dismissed former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suspicions about the country’s ability to protect nuclear resources.
During a road show in Peshawar on Wednesday, Imran Khan questioned whether Pakistan’s nuclear weapons were safe in the hands of ‘robbers’ and ‘thieves’. He was referring to the newly elected Shahbaz Sharif government.
Imran was ousted after several dramas in the wake of the recent no-confidence motion against the government.
He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture.
In a press briefing on Friday, Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar Imran, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a media arm of the Pakistan Army, dismissed Imran’s allegations, saying Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal was not owned by just one person.
In his inflammatory speech on Wednesday, Imran Khan asked the Establishment (indirect name of the army) whether those who came to power through ‘conspiracy’ would be able to protect the country’s nuclear program.
“There is no such threat to our nuclear program and it should not be raised in the political arena,” Iftikhar said. ‘
He added: “Our program is in a place where our command and control and security are among the best in the international arena. ‘
Meanwhile, Imran Khan in a tweet on Thursday thanked everyone who attended his rally in Peshawar for “rejecting the US-initiated regime change” in Pakistan.