clear and present danger. did they really disclose all that was discussed and agreed with the paks? we need another snowden to whistle-blow.
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Despite Denials, US-Pak 123 Pact Can't be Written OffSatish Misra25th October 2015 06:00 AM
A Pakistan-US nuclear deal similar to the Indo-US nuclear agreement did not materialise and it was officially denied during Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's recent US visit, but the big question is: was it a mere media speculation or was there something more than what met the eye?
Talk of a possible nuclear deal between the two countries has been in the air for some years, but it regained some traction when the Pakistan premier's visit was scheduled.
Reference to nuclear deal did not find mention in either the Obama-Sharif joint statement or in any of the official briefings during the visit and a senior US administration official categorically stated that "we have not entered into negotiation on 123 Agreement with Pakistan within the nuclear supplier group in order to facilitate civil nuclear exports", and that "the press allegations of a 123 Agreement with Pakistan are completely false".
Notwithstanding such strong denials, such a deal cannot be ruled out in near future because official denials have often turned out to be attempts to camouflage an evolving development or an existing proposition. It is done so that crucial issues of strategic relevance could be discussed away from public glare and negotiations could be insulated from domestic pressures.