US confident of Pakistan’s nuclear security

WASHINGTON: The United States has reaffirmed its confidence in the safety of Pakistani nuclear assets following Sunday night’s terrorist attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport.

“We believe the Pakistani Government understands the importance of protecting all of its arsenal, including things related to its nuclear program,” Deputy Spokesperson at the State Department Marie Harf said at the daily briefing.

“We know that they care about this a great deal and have no reason at this point to think it’s anything but safe,” she added, when asked about the U.S. views on safety of Pakistani nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, in the wake of terrorist assault on Karachi airport, the State Department has said the United States stands steadfast in its commitment to the people of Pakistan in their efforts to counter terrorism and build a peaceful future.”

“We support Pakistan’s efforts to bring all those involved in planning and executing this attack to justice,” Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Regrettably, she noted, the Pakistani people face violent assaults from numerous groups.
She also expressed the United States sincere condolences to those affected by this heinous attack on pilgrims in Balochistan and said Washington strongly condemns those responsible.

“Extremist violence against innocent Pakistani men, women, and children of any faith is an assault on universal human values.”

“We encourage the government to take steps to protect and improve the lives of members of Pakistan’s minorities and take concrete steps to promote tolerance and religious freedom.”