Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, 21 September: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Pakistan did not possess any tactical nuclear weapons and its nuclear programme is in safe hands.

In an interview with the New York Times, the prime minister said Pakistan had short-range nuclear weapons which have not been designed for battlefield use.

Mr Abbasi said all the hideouts of militants near the Pak-Afghan border have been destroyed and all these areas are now fully under the control of Pakistan Army. “There are no sanctuaries anymore. There are none at all. I can categorically state that,” the premier was quoted as saying.

He said the US was not recognising Pakistan’s efforts in the war against terrorism and it was accusing Pakistan of aiding terrorists.