Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division of National Command Authority that
oversees nuclear and missile programs said that it accepted "non-intrusive"
U.S. technical support after 9/11 for securing its nuclear facilities proposed
by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
At the very first briefing to Pakistani journalists, Pakistan said it accepted
the offer on the condition that it would "pick and choose" from the list of
offered support. This ongoing co-operation apparently had "clear red lines"
that limited American visits to nuclear facilities and contained assistance to
equipment for security personnel at the nuclear sites such as metal detectors
and helmets. In April, the Pakistani Foreign Office denied reports that
Americans were guarding Pakistani nuclear facilities and this meeting “factual
presentation” is seen as the establishment’s attempt to kill the over-worked
Pakistan insists that it has a "fully institutionalized” system and “nuclear
assets are in safe hands." It also reiterated that "it was not in an arms race
with any country" and that its defense policy was aimed at safeguarding the