Wikileaks: Pakistan rejects US fears on nuclear arms
Pakistan says there have been no incidents involving its fissile material
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Pakistan has dismissed fears expressed in US diplomatic cables, released by whistle-blower website Wikileaks, that its nuclear material could fall into the hands of terrorists.
High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan said the material had a "foolproof control and command system".
The cables warn Pakistan is rapidly building its nuclear stockpile despite the country's growing instability.
There is also scepticism about whether Pakistan could cut links to militants.
Separately, Interpol has issued a notice asking for information on the whereabouts of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Hasan said the fears expressed in the cables came "off and on" but added: "We have always been telling them straight forward that [the nuclear weapons] are in secure hands, they don't have to worry about it and we will protect them.
"They are the dearest assets that we have and we'll not allow anything to fall into any adventurer's hands."
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BBC News, Islamabad
In domestic political terms, some of the most damaging material may be about the Pakistan government's stance on the controversial CIA drone programme, targeting militants in the tribal belt.
In public, officials oppose the drone strikes which have killed hundreds - including an unknown number of innocent civilians.
In private, it's a different story, according to a cable from US ambassador Anne Patterson. It says Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had no objections to a planned drone attack.
"I don't care if they do it, as long as they get the right people," he said. "We'll protest in the National Assembly (parliament) and then ignore it."
Pakistan's nuclear programme
Wikileaks: Main Pakistan issues
In one of the latest cables to be released by Wikileaks, senior UK Foreign Office official Mariot Leslie told US diplomats in September 2009 that Britain had "deep concerns about the safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons".
In another cable seven months earlier, then-US ambassador Anne Patterson told Washington: "Our major concern is not having an Islamic militant steal an entire weapon but rather the chance someone working in the government of Pakistan facilities could gradually smuggle enough material out to eventually make a weapon."
Another cable concerning a US intelligence briefing in 2008 said: "Despite pending economic catastrophe, Pakistan is producing nuclear weapons at a faster rate than any other country in the world."
Mr Hasan said that since the government of President Asif Ali Zardari had come to power 27 months ago "we have had a very successful, foolproof control and command system looking after the nuclear arsenal".
Mr Hasan admitted the leaks were harmful.
"You are dealing with the relationship with states. You have built them over the years and all of a sudden something gets out - it's top secret, it's classified, it harms the relationship," he said.
Mr Hasan also said Pakistan would not accept any US help on nuclear security "because we are a sovereign nation".
Pakistan foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit told Agence France-Presse news agency the fears expressed in the leaks "were misplaced and doubtless fall in the realm of condescension". He said they reflected "historical biases against Pakistan".
In the leaked material Ms Patterson also said there was "no chance" of Pakistan "abandoning support for [militant] groups".
The Pakistan government, she added, saw militant groups "as an important part of its national security apparatus against India".
The cables question Mr Zardari's relationship with the military
The US also expressed concern about tensions between the powerful Pakistani army and Mr Zardari.
In material from March 2009, US cables noted that army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani might "however reluctantly" put pressure on President Zardari to step down, although he "distrusted [opposition leader] Nawaz [Sharif] even more".
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Islamabad says military officials here believe the Wikileaks disclosures are being used as a stick with which to bully Pakistan into giving up its nuclear programme.
But he says there are many observers who will see the concerns raised as valid, particularly considering the tens of thousands of people here whose work is connected to the nuclear programme.
The US has condemned the Wikileaks disclosures, published by the UK Guardian newspaper, as an attack on the world community.
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The Main Leaks So Far
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US instructs spying on key UN officials
China's changing relationship with North Korea
Yemen approved US strikes on militants
Personal and embarrassing comments on world leaders
Fears over Pakistan's nuclear programme
Afghan leader Hamid Karzai freed dangerous detainees
Wikileaks cables: Key issues
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is in Kazakhstan for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit, said she had raised the issue with the leaders she had met and none had expressed any concerns about continuing diplomatic work with the US.
The communications between the US state department and its embassies and consulates around the world were sent between 1966 and 2010.
Wikileaks has so far posted only 291 of the 251,287 messages it says it has obtained. However, all of the messages have been made available to five publications, including the New York Times and the Guardian.
No-one has been charged with passing them to Wikileaks, but suspicion has fallen on US Army Private Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak of a classified video.
The cables release is the third mass Wikileaks publication of classified documents; it published 77,000 secret US files on the Afghan conflict in July, and 400,000 documents about the Iraq war in October.
Meanwhile, Interpol has issued a "Red Notice" asking people to contact the police if they have any information about Mr Assange's whereabouts.
It said the Australian was wanted for questioning in Sweden over an alleged sex offence, which he has denied.
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