[quote=“Guardian UK”]Pakistan may make Nigeria a nuclear power
Julian Borger in Washington
Thursday March 4, 2004
Pakistan yesterday offered to share military assistance, including “nuclear power” with Nigeria, in defiance of President George Bush’s new counter-proliferation initiative.
The offer was announced by the Nigerian defence ministry in a statement saying that General Muhammad Aziz Khan, chairman of Pakistan’s joint chiefs of staff, had made the offer to the Nigerian defence minister, Rabiu Kwankwaso, during a visit to the west African state’s capital, Abuja.
“Speaking at the opening of the discussions, the Pakistani chairman of joint chiefs of staff … said that his country is working out the dynamics of how they can assist Nigeria’s armed forces to strengthen its military capability and to acquire nuclear power,” the Nigerian press release said. Neither the Pakistani nor the Nigerian governments clarified what Gen Khan had in mind.
The announcement is likely to provoke consternation in Washington, coming just a month after the mastermind behind Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme, Abdul Qadeer Khan, admitted publicly that he had run a black market in nuclear weapons materials.
Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, expressed shock at the confession, but pardoned Mr Khan, much to the anger of nuclear inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
A detailed report in the New Yorker this week suggested Washington had turned a blind eye to the Pakistani government’s connivance in sales of nuclear materials and technology to countries like Iran and Libya, in exchange for permission to send American commandos to hunt down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan’s Hindu Kush.
A week after Mr Khan’s confession, President Bush launched a counter-proliferation initiative based on international cooperation to curb transfers of nuclear technology and materials. Gen Khan’s offer to Nigeria appeared to be in blatant defiance of that initiative.
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[quote=“The Times of India”]Nigeria ‘nukes’ Pak with N-claim
TIMES NEWS NETWORK [THURSDAY, MARCH 04, 2004 11:09:04 PM ]
NEW DELHI: Islamabad’s run of disastrous luck on the nuclear front continued on Thursday with Nigeria first making