Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said she has not yet been told if her country has developed an atomic bomb, but she promised in any case to work to limit Pakistan's nuclear potential to "peaceful purposes only," a newspaper reported Monday.
Bhutto, who was elected in November, also told the United Arab Emirates semi-official daily Al Ittihad that Pakistan's army "too much indulged in politics" under late military leader Gen. Zia ul-Haq and will be asked to yield to democracy under her administration.Bhutto was elected the first woman prime minister of a Moslem nation Nov. 17, three months after Zia's death in a mysterious plane crash. Her father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was executed during Zia's rule in 1979 after being charged with murdering a political opponent.
Asked about reports that Pakistan has developed its own nuclear weapon, Bhutto said, "I have not been acquainted with the state secrets yet, but I can say as of now that I support the policy of keeping nuclear weapons away from the region.
"I will work to limit nuclear power to producing energy for peaceful purposes only," Bhutto told the Arabic-language newspaper.
The Pakistani leader said a top priority of her administration would be to develop a "modern and professional army" but one that "should be kept away from politics."