WikiLeaks: Pakistan condemns 'irresponsible disclosure'

Published: November 29, 2010
FO spokesperson Abdul Basit said the documents were being examined.

FO spokesperson Abdul Basit said the documents were being examined.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, on Monday, condemned the release of what the New York Times called a quarter of a million confidential American diplomatic cables released by whistleblower WikiLeaks, as an “irresponsible disclosure of sensitive official documents”.

The foreign office said it had been offically informed of the leaks by the US government in advance.

“At this stage we are examining the relevant documents and their contents,” ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told AFP when asked about the Times report.

The leaked cables revealed that the US has led top secret efforts to remove highly enriched uranium from Pakistan for years, worried it could be used to make an “illicit” nuclear device.

In May 2009, it quoted then US ambassador Anne Patterson as saying that Pakistan was refusing to schedule a visit by American technical experts. The Times attributed the reason to a nameless Pakistani official who said: “If the local media got word of the fuel removal, ‘they certainly would portray it as the United States taking Pakistan’s nuclear weapons'”. Islamabad has been adamant that its nuclear weapons are in safe hands and US President Barack Obama has publicly concurred. But the Times said the leaked documents showed the United States trying to remove the uranium from a research reactor, fearing it could be diverted for use in an “illicit nuclear device”. The newspaper did not elaborate on how the United States had sought to remove the uranium or the nature of any such device. Experts estimate that Pakistan already has up to 100 nuclear weapons.

The United States has longstanding concerns about proliferation from Pakistan and is reported to have set up an elite squad that could fly into the country and attempt to secure its weapons should the government disintegrate.

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  • Umayr Masud
    Nov 29, 2010 - 2:00PM

    We love wikileaks for exposing how these things work. And bravely doing that in public domain. Wikileaks is beautiful :)Recommend

  • Nov 29, 2010 - 2:08PM

    very good work on leakage of reportRecommend

  • Z Ali
    Nov 29, 2010 - 3:19PM


  • Jflossy
    Nov 29, 2010 - 3:32PM

    The fact that the US has been trying to obtain uranium from Pakistan for years because of the long held suspicion of the security of the Nukes, confirms the theory that the agenda of the US is the dismantling or possession of Pakistans Nuclear arsenal. The above headline that Pakistan feels it’s “irresponsible” is rather a lame and subservient response from GOP consedering the intentions of the US. More documents regarding Pakistan will be revealed later by Wikileaks and there are a substantial amount of them.Recommend

  • Ali
    Nov 29, 2010 - 5:44PM

    Pakistan will react after taking advice from Washington, GOP regards this leak of information ‘irresponsible’ because they wanted to to handover enriched Uranium quite ‘responsibly’ Recommend

  • MH
    Nov 29, 2010 - 5:51PM

    Go wikileaks!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved the Saudi King’s comment. :) Classic. Recommend

  • Anoop
    Nov 29, 2010 - 6:11PM

    Wikileaks reveal that despite repeated assurances from US and other state capitals that Pakistani nukes and fissile material is in safe hands, the reality is much different. Pakistan is a nightmare for the whole world.

    The danger is not of nukes falling into Terrorist hands but of fissile/radioactive material falling into their hands which will enable them to build a crude bomb which will not only kill but will have serious environmental effects, plus that entire area will not be fit for habitation for decades to come.

    Generally, nuclear weapons protect states, here the state has to protect the nukes. Recommend

  • maitre
    Nov 29, 2010 - 6:14PM

    These Wikileaks are very informative as the people in Pakistan know the Americans and the Zionists designs to dismantle Pakistan’s Nuclear capabilities which are completely unjust because the Indians and Israel’s nuclear arsenal are acknowledged as legitimate. Further more, the extension of American Embassies in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq is also the salient feature of the American intervention in these countries in case of any political unrest. It is to recall that these embassies are designed to lodge one thousand American personnels (including army men) with landing, schooling, shopping mall facilities. Nowhere in the world the Embassy personnel staff exceeds the number given above. The Pakistani government has really given free hand to these Americans who have never supported our cause or the Kashmir issue. Instead, they have always betrayed us. What is the use of Embassy extension in a country like Pakistan. Apparently they envisage to take Pakistan as a mini colony or American state where they are allowed to move and act freely. What are we people doing? They killed our soldiers who were fighting for their cause (That was the first violation of Pakistan’s space and territory). Now, after Afghanistan, they would create situation like Iraq or Afghanistan in our country to settle old scores. We, the Pakistanis, should wake up, stop the construction of this Embassy and grab back the land extended to the Americans which is against the constitution and the sovereignty of the country.Recommend

  • Mary Crocker
    Nov 29, 2010 - 6:32PM

    Wikileaks rulzzzRecommend

  • Akhlaq Hussain Sagar
    Nov 29, 2010 - 7:28PM

    Hi dears,
    News came and went but it left longlasting prints on the minds of public and give an opportunity to people to comment on. Suppose viki leaks’ reports are accurate, so, why the world most powerful military is silent and did not comment on it. Why national and international media is spreading the news and pointout the weaknesses of American military and its government. Why every report is publishing from America and UK against Pakistan and Al-qaeda? Is it a kind of propegenda against the innocent and poor people of Pakistan and other poor and underdeveloped countries like Afghanistan? Recommend

  • Cautious
    Nov 29, 2010 - 7:48PM

    There is a difference between nuclear fuel and nuclear weapons – the USA isn’t concerned with the weapons its concerned with left over radiative/fissile material the which is difficult/expensive to protect/guard.

    Based on some of the replies – apparently the concern by Pakistan officials that the people in Pakistan would not be able to distinguish fuel from weapons was correct – another sign of just how backward a country Pakistan is which is precisely why the fuel should be removed.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Nov 29, 2010 - 8:55PM

    Pakistani government must be appreciated for not allowing america to inspect nuclear facilities
    Pakistani army and politician are not that stupid.make fun of zardari who have you spared? Lucky for Jinnah otherwise he would have been mired into allegations of coruption more than any one elseRecommend

  • Huzaifah
    Nov 29, 2010 - 9:21PM

    Good Report…… thnx wikileaksRecommend

  • lovePak
    Nov 29, 2010 - 11:03PM

    So happy to read the King Abdullah remarks about Zardari. he is no doubt the first obstacle in pakistan’s progress. the rotten head of state ;p
    i hope we see new leadership very soon to improve pakistan’s image and situation.

    long live pakistan.Recommend

  • warsi
    Nov 30, 2010 - 8:39AM

    all the opinion ar against the pakistan and muslim
    wikileaks have no opionion agains christan and juese mentelityRecommend

  • irfan qadir malik
    Nov 30, 2010 - 11:50AM

    silly leaders are trying to destroy the countryRecommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 30, 2010 - 12:43PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Our leaders are if doing wrongful acts while staying in the power then they should have to admit and confessed their demerits and committed mistakes before the nation and should have to create the atmosphere of self-accountability first by showing sincerity and honesty with the nation and especially with beloved Pakistan instead of condemning and refusing or denying the true facts about them.And as far as Wikileaks’ reports about Pakistani leaders are concerned then all the reports are not wrong and false about Pakistani leaders and it may be possible that some reports are wrongful and false.If our leaders are doing wrongful and definitely all the leaders are not doing much the best with the nation and especially with beloved Pakistan they should have to learn the lesson from these reports and remove their committed mistakes themselves by removing and uprooting corruption from all the departments of Pakistan so that no one could target them or any departments of Pakistan in the future in negative sense or in regard of corruption.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Nov 30, 2010 - 1:18PM

    Hi those who are happy about kings remarks about zardari,
    Look at the king made by british destroyer of khilafat family
    In his kingdom hundreds of pakistanis are behaded without evidanc.any people supporting this racist backwords and virtualy toothless state must be made and unpatrioticRecommend

  • tariq
    Dec 1, 2010 - 10:06AM

    I think we should not appreciate wiki leaks becoz it is spreading disruption and malignancy between Muslim countries.Recommend

  • haider Muhammad
    Dec 1, 2010 - 7:33PM

    We thank to wikileaks, for the exposing the real faces of the politicians who talk about humanity but act against. Also we condemn these ugly faces who are doing every thing wrong and up-set on exposing their activities.

    Thanks again WIKILEAKSRecommend

  • shoaib
    Dec 1, 2010 - 9:06PM

    well done wikileaks.Recommend

  • Dr.Razi uddin
    Dec 2, 2010 - 11:42AM

    As real,it may appear,the wikileaks are to be taken in their inner motives.When nothing seems working for American interests as per their standard,Wikileak ploy,yes it can be regarded as ploy by American authorities to put focus once again on Pakistan’s nuclear facilities,because our country is now the most powerful of muslim world left who can subdue all malafide intentions to keep this part of the world under their full control..
    Saying that,all that has been revealed in,theses “intentionaly leaked”documents about so called elected govt.and their cronies is as anticipated,true and now documented.When and who can bring back the dignity to this ,country of ours,full of natuaral resources,and wealth,still remains a big question mark!!!! Recommend

  • ammar ashraf
    Dec 2, 2010 - 1:36PM

    I am proud to wikileaks.Recommend

  • saleem
    Dec 2, 2010 - 5:20PM

    Whats new? It is only affirmation of our beliefs about the president and his cronies.Recommend

  • Imran Tawana
    Dec 2, 2010 - 7:35PM

    WikiLeaks report a conspiracy against Pakistan and the report is an attempt to defame Pakistan in the Islamic bloc. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long-term and strong relations. The government and people of Pakistan gave much importance to the association with Saudi Arabia. The Royal family and the people of Saudi Arabia always stood by Pakistan. Some quarters wanted to defame Pakistan in the Islamic bloc that gave much importance to it. Why such revelations did not surface about Israel. The revelation of secret US documents by WikiLeaks are extremely negative, misguiding, and contrary to the facts on Pakistan-Saudi relations.Recommend

  • raheel
    Dec 2, 2010 - 8:05PM

    excellent. these are the real facts. peaple should open their eyes and see what is actually happening.there is the news. and then there is what is shown. then ofcourse there is what actually happened.bravo wikki leaksRecommend

  • raheel
    Dec 2, 2010 - 8:07PM

    why do people always think every thing is a conspiracy. this is what they want us to think why dont you open your eyes.Recommend

    Dec 2, 2010 - 8:20PM

    well done i am very happy to know the rasl story of pakistan but iam happy to live in my countryRecommend

    Dec 3, 2010 - 11:48AM

    Hello the concern of wikileaks,

    The Report as indicated on the web is not new for us being the Pakistani, because we know it that what kind of roll model of our Rulers are?. so being a pakistani we should not surprise on this issue we just try our level best to protect our pakistan from the bad deeds of a evil mind person who is not only disturb the thinking ability of a pakistani but also making a dispute against the high ups of Government. As such I would appreciate to supplicate all the country lovers that they do not pay their heedfulness towards this type of dirty Report.

    Shazib Ghilzayee.Recommend

  • Neha
    Dec 3, 2010 - 11:49AM

    Irresponsible disclosure? Yeah and the responsible disclosure were the lies that our ruling elite were feeding us for so long. What about that? They should apologize for making a mockery of our so called sovereignty.Recommend

  • ntafd
    Dec 3, 2010 - 12:29PM

    these leakes related to Pakistan are fake and an attempt to destroy relations of pakistan with brotherly countries.Recommend

  • Tanveer Hussain
    Dec 3, 2010 - 2:26PM

    o… pakistani siasatdano kuchh sharam karo.
    apnay gerayban men jhanko. apnay RAB ko kia
    moo dikhao gay…? pakistan k sath mukhlis ho jao.
    pakistan men rehtay huay america ki ghulami krtay
    ho…? tmaray sath aisa hona chahiay…….
    jaisa ho rha hai…….Recommend

  • Mehwish Tarranum
    Dec 4, 2010 - 5:26PM

    Wikileaks first published those “pentagon papers” on the Iraq and Afghanistan war, the reactions from mainstream media and governments were enormous in volumes and indignation. Then another leak was released by Wikileaks; Iran supplying new forms of suicide vests for al-Qaida. Another big revelation was “Pakistan’s spy agency collaborated with the Taliban” What is this trash? These facts reported by Wikileaks sound like those typical daily field intelligence reports produced in the order of the thousands. There are surely entities within US government that are allowing Wikileaks to continue and still we should expect for the same.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Dec 4, 2010 - 6:14PM

    Pakistani peoplr refuse to recognise themselves when they are shown th mirror
    Atypical example of shooting the messenger
    Judiciary press and opposition have made this government loose its credibility and no wounder poltical plsyers look anywhere in the world
    Make your government strongvand thevworld will bow before you
    Have some self esteemRecommend

  • Danish
    Dec 9, 2010 - 10:07AM

    The world needs bold n brave people like themRecommend

  • G.Khan
    Dec 9, 2010 - 11:44AM

    Irresponsible Behavior of WHO? LOL.
    Gotcha !!!!

    There is a Classic expression for just such a situation : ULTA CHOR KOTWAAL KO DAANTAY

    These are the thick-skin swiss bank account thieves. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Dec 9, 2010 - 2:53PM

    The Americans have miserably failed to protect their state secrets , how can they protect their nuclear assets????? After this episode the Americans have no right to suspect our fool proof protection of our Nuclear Assets.Recommend

  • Rana Asif
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:35PM

    Please wake-up from sound sleeps………. requesting to all our so call Leaders.Recommend

  • anabia khan
    Dec 11, 2010 - 4:24PM

    No doubt they are doing their best ,in making the general public aware of the most confidential informations ,but the question in my mind is Y they had not leaked any kid ov informations related to any other coutry in a way they are doing in the case of Pakistan..?????????Recommend

  • omera
    Dec 11, 2010 - 4:39PM

    i must say”hats off to wikileakes”
    our corrupt leaders…wake up…because of you all dislike figures…we are again going to become the slaves..Recommend

  • omera
    Dec 11, 2010 - 4:43PM

    i think we all youngsters should expose the cruel and double faces of these leaders by getting unite on a platform name “pakileakes”Recommend

  • waqas
    Dec 13, 2010 - 11:55AM

    Wikileaks only did his job,but the fact is that all the pakistani leaders are corrupt and they want that nation should forget it but it is not like that may be they might not give the responce at this time but they will never forget it.Recommend

  • ahmed latif
    Dec 15, 2010 - 9:19PM

    i think its good for our media as well, because they are providing cover to our corrupt leaders …….and that all is exposed by wikkileaks …thats the time to bring change that no one wil never say some thing like that about our country….may allah save us form these leader…imran khan is now a true politition in pakistan my prayer iswith him !!!!!!!!!! long live pakistanRecommend

  • sahar
    Dec 19, 2010 - 4:37PM

    well done to the owner of wikileaks this is the first site against the enemy of worldRecommend

  • Dec 19, 2010 - 4:39PM

    well done wikileaks rockRecommend

  • Hamza Imran
    Dec 23, 2010 - 5:57PM

    Everyone wake up we are going to become slaves againRecommend

  • hamza ali
    Dec 25, 2010 - 3:39AM

    omera and HAMZA both of u are right.its time 2 be unite and show the world what is the importence and strength we PAKISTANI youngsters have.make a plateform.then we will try our best 2 makeit effective! InshALLAH
    ALLAH o AKBARRecommend

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