THE US does not seem to give up the idea of prying into Pakistan's nuclear affairs and has now chosen a moment when political government has just been trying to find its feet after a messy eight-year military rule, to seek its approval for the posting of an official at the US Embassy at Islamabad, who would have direct access with our Nuclear Command Authority and would be dealing with nuclear issues. Recalling the strong US-Western opposition to Pakistan's endeavours to make the bomb and, once it had tested the device, their attempts to roll back the programme, the US demarche ought to be viewed with serious concern. That is why the country's defence analysts have warned the government against this "most dangerous effort at intruding into Pakistan's sensitive areas" and "grave implications if(it) is given serious thought by our government". The newspapers leaking the information about the latest US approach also mention that Washington had earlier despatched a set of 11 demands to Islamabad, which included the stationing of its military personnel in Pakistan and American citizens on assignment here to be treated above the laws of the land. It was refused. No chances should be taken with the nuclear assets, being our most precious acquisitions. If Islamabad can produce them despite all the opposition, it can also devise a system to keep them safe and secure. No assistance should be accepted on the flimsy ground that we need outside help in this respect. The present proposal is as outrageous as the previous one and must also be turned down without a moment's thought.