Thursday, April 03, 2008

Nuclear Issues: Pakistan says Afghan claim is "baseless"

Pakistan has described as baseless a statement from an Afghan cabinet Minister that Pakistan had dumped nuclear waste in southern Afghanistan during the Taliban period.

Afghanistan Parliamentary Affairs Minister Farooq Wardag has been quoted as saying that Pakistan had buried nuclear waste in Kandahar and Helmand when Taliban were ruling the areas.

"Afghan minister statement regarding dumping of nuclear waste by Pakistan in Afghanistan was baseless," Foreign Ministry spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said. He added that disposal of nuclear waste is strictly regulated in accordance with the international standards.