Pakistan downplays radioactive ad

WHAT?

I think only Alfred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine and a couple of severely retarded or gullible people would remain unworried after this strange bit of business.

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Pakistan’s nuclear authority has said there is no cause for concern after it published press adverts for information on “lost” radioactive material.

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The adverts urged members of the public to inform officials if they found any “lost or stolen” radioactive material.

They were published in major Urdu-language newspapers in Pakistan.

A spokesman for the nuclear authority said that there was a “very remote chance” that nuclear materials imported 40-50 years ago were unaccounted for.

International concern over the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear programme was expressed in 2004, when the country’s top nuclear scientist, AQ Khan, confessed to leaking secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

Dr Khan was subsequently placed under virtual house arrest, and is now suffering from pancreatic cancer.

‘Cradle to the grave’

Officials on Wednesday were keen to reassure the outside world that the latest incident in no way has the makings of another nuclear scandal, and that no radioactive material had been stolen, lost or gone missing.

But officials say they need to heighten public awareness of nuclear issues to ensure that decades-old nuclear material is fully accounted for.

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– Mmmmm. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling much more reassured now that they’ve explained themselves. Yah sure, ya betcha.

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