Spate of suicide attacks in Peshawar, including at the ISI office, leaves dozens dead and hundreds injured; Gen. Majid: Pak nuclear assets secure; Foreign Ministry refutes claims that China provided uranium 1982;
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  • ISI’s regional headquarters in Peshawar was attacked by militants on November 13. Thirteen people lost their lives and over 60 were injured. A car filled with over 200 kgs of explosives rammed into the ISI building.1 Another attack at a check post in Pishtakhara in Peshawar on November 14 claimed 12 lives and injured 30 others.2 Earlier in the week, the Nazim of the Adezai Union Council was killed in an attack in Matani near Peshawar on November 8, along with 15 other people.3

    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Gen. Tariq Majid stated Pakistan’s nuclear assets were secure and that no foreign power had access to them. Majid was responding to Seymour Hersh’s article published in the New Yorker which raised doubts about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear assets.4

    The Pakistan Foreign Ministry meanwhile refuted the report in the Washington Post which revealed that China had provided 50 kgs of HEU to Pakistan in 1982. The Ministry charged that the report was an attempt to provide a cover up for states who facilitated India’s nuclear programme.5

    In a related development, the bill relating to the formation of a Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) was tabled in the National Assembly on November 11. The bill seeks to “provide complete command, development, production and use of nuclear, space technologies.”6