Pakistan has reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom develop nuclear weapons, a ranking Pakistani source said yesterday (see GSN, Sept. 18).
“It will be vehemently denied by both countries, … but future events will confirm that Pakistan has agreed to provide KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) with the wherewithal for a nuclear deterrent,” the source said.
Last week, a Saudi delegation led by Crown Prince Abdullah Abdulaziz traveled to Islamabad, according to United Press International. During the visit, Abdulaziz met with Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
According to the source, Pakistan has agreed to provide Saudi Arabia with nuclear weapons-related expertise in exchange for low-cost or free oil. In addition, the two leaders also discussed Pakistan sending troops to Saudi Arabia, the source said.
The deputy chief of the Pakistani mission in Washington, Mohammed Sadiq, yesterday denied that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had reached a nuclear agreement, calling such reports “totally wrong.”
“This is against our policy,” Sadiq said. “Pakistan would never proliferate its nuclear technology. It’s a very clear policy. This was not even discussed in the talks we held with the Saudis in Islamabad this week. It was not even on the agenda. It is out of the question,” Sadiq added.
The source said, however, that any denials by Pakistan or Saudi Arabia “must be seen in the same context as Iranian denials about its own nuclear weapons plans” (Arnaud de Borchgrave, United Press International, Oct. 20).