Pakistan’s former President General Zia ul Haq assured the then American President Ronald Reagan that Pakistan would not build atomic weapons.
In the latest set of documents declassified by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), it was revealed that Zia assured Reagan that Pakistan would steer clear from development of nuclear weapons. The letter was dated 5th July, 1982. Zia wrote in the letter that Pakistan had no plans on building nuclear weapons. The letter may have been written in response to a letter by Reagan sent to the President of Pakistan through America’s then ambassador to Pakistan Vernon Walters.
The letter quotes the General as saying that information regarding Pakistan’s step towards building nuclear weapons was false and that Pakistan would never indulge in any act affecting the United States and bringing it shame. Zia also wrote that Pakistan’s nuclear program was designed for peaceful purposes only and assured Reagan that Pakistan had no intentions of ever building or acquiring nuclear bombs. The same set of documents revealed that Zia was being pressurized by the Pakistan military to hang former Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (he was hanged on the 4th April, 1979 under Zia’s administration).
The letter was part of secret documents amounting to 13 million pages declassified by the CIA recently and released on the internet. Another confidential letter dated 10th December, 1984 addressed to then President Zia ul Haq and written by Director Project Dr. A. Q. Khan of the Khan Research Laboratories Kahuta, shared the news of confirmation regarding a successful test of Pakistan’s nuclear program. The letter informed Zia that,
A cold test was performed on 6.10.84 with utmost secrecy and discreetness to check all the important parameters of a nuclear weapon. Each and every component was manufactured by KRL engineers and scientists. Extensive instrumentation was done to record all the important signals/parameters.
Pakistan’s first public nuclear test was conducted at Ras Koh Hills in the Chagai District of Baluchistan Province on the 28th May, 1998.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.