LAHORE - Rejecting The Washington Post report as self-styled allegations, former Wapda chairman Lt-Gen (r) Zulfiqar said the US has vested interests in the region where Pakistan figures as an adversarial Muslim state with nuclear capability. In an exclusive talk with TheNation on Saturday, the former general categorically rebutted the report about self-styled allegations of the involvement of 'ex-military generals in nuclear sell-off to the North Korea. The US is taking such steps to pitch Pakistani public against the Army, he added. Before making any comments on the substance of the article, I must emphasize that the whole story is a fabrication of a mischievous mind. It is now a well-known and admitted fact that this by itself is a full-fledged subject meriting separate treatment, he said. Coming to the substance of the article appeared in the Washington Post, he said, it relies mainly on a so-called letter said to have been written by a North Korean official to Dr AQ Khan in 1998. This letter is absolutely void of authenticity and credibility for the reasons that it carries no letterhead; bonafides of the signature, signing person not known; while it mentions a combined and coordinated operation in Pakistan by the CIA, the South Korean Intelligence and the ISI that is incomprehensible. The reference about me in the so-called letter from North Korea does not exist in the 11-page account given by Dr AQ Khan to Mr Henderson, as cited by The Washington Post, he said, adding that in response to Washington Posts queries, he mentioned that during his tenure at the GHQ, neither any contract was accorded with North Korea by the GHQ, nor was there any dispute between the two. He stressed that since he was not the dealing officer, directly or indirectly, connected with contracts with North Korea (if any) or the resolution of a possible dispute arising there from, the question of North Korea making any payments to him, major or minor, does not arise. He said the deal, as mentioned by the report, was an agreement signed between the two governments - Pakistan and North Korea. However, it was concluded much before it came to the GHQ. It is public knowledge that an extensive and exhaustive inquiry was held into the allegations of nuclear proliferation and numerous people were thoroughly questioned and interrogated. It ought to be borne in mind that at no stage my name was mentioned in this context, leave aside accepting any benefit. The queries by the correspondent of The Washington Post exhibited a crude effort to provoke people in authority by leveling unfounded and baseless allegations against them so that in reaction while defending themselves they may give some information inadvertently, which will fill in the blanks of information about the organisation, administrative structure, operation details about the strategic weapons programme, logistic arrangements pertaining to such weapons and the extent of R&D and production facilities. All of these, fall in the category of national secrets and under no circumstance can be shared with anyone. Zulfiqar said that US efforts, both overt and covert, spread over the last 10 to 12 years to gain access to such information is well known. Frustration emanating from their failure to gain access, probably, prompted an effort like the one by Washington Post in the publication of this article. According to him, the article has been written as an instrument to fulfill US long-term objectives mainly to malign and undermine the Pakistan Army by casting aspersion on the integrity of ex-army chief and other senior officers. The Washington Post claims to be a reputed newspaper, he said, adding, if indeed it was endeavouring to expose the corruption of the Pakistan Army by citing a dubious 13-year-old letter, it would have added to its credibility if after seeking clarification, it would have conducted further investigations and carried out thorough inquiry to come up with an authentic and confirmed story worthy of a reputed newspaper.