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Pakistan Says 25,000 Guards Watching Nukes

A top Pakistani official on Saturday said his country's nuclear force is now in the care of 25,000 guards, the Times of India reported.

"A special security force of 25,000 personnel, who have been specially trained and provided sophisticated weapons, has been deployed to protect (the nuclear assets)," Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said.

Dar said a marine team is now in place to protect Pakistan's nuclear holdings, and comparable units exist to safeguard shipments and react to incidents. The official did not elaborate on the groups.

Pakistan maintains a "personnel reliability program" and other systems for countering insider threats, and the nation's Strategic Plans Division has created a school for preparing these forces, he said.

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