WASHINGTON-Pakistani Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani has asked US media not to divert attention from Pakistan's fight against militants by raising the question about safety of the country's nuclear weapons, which he said were in safe custody. 'I don't think Pakistan's nuclear weapons are a threat to the US. I think the threat to the US right now comes from terrorists that might be in Afghanistan or in parts of Pakistan. And Pakistan is doing a great job fighting those terrorists right now', he said in an interview on CNN on Friday. In the course of the interview, he also said that Pakistan is ready to phase out its nuclear weapons if India too agrees to do the same-a position Islamabad generally takes, especially when pressured to sign the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Terming Pakistan's nuclear arsenal as a 'deterrent' against India, he said, 'Pakistan is willing to engage with our neighbour for a comprehensive settlement in which the nuclear weapons can be phased out by both the countries'. Haqqani who made an appeal to US citizens to help the tens of thousands of people displaced in troubled the Swat Valley, dismissed fears about Pakistan's nuclear armaments falling into the hands of the extremists. 'Everybody in the US Government who knows anything about nuclear weapons knows that Pakistan has a very secure nuclear programme. It's a very limited nuclear programme to maintain deterrence vis-a-vis our neighbour', Haqqani said. He also refuted reports that said that Pakistan is rapidly ,adding, to its stockpile of nuclear weapons. 'Pakistan's nuclear weapons are safe and Pakistan is not going to expand nuclear weapons capability to a point when it becomes a threat to any country in the world, including our neighbours', he added. The envoy ruled out sharing information on secret location of Pakistan's nuclear assets. 'I don't think any country knows or tells the location of all its nuclear weapons to any country in the world. The Soviet Union never did it with the US until after comprehensive negotiations between the US and Soviet Union started. So whenever that starts between Pakistan and its eastern neighbour, we will move in that direction'. Haqqani also hit back at critics of the country's current counterinsurgency strategy in the northwestern Malakand division. 'Here is the problem. If we do not fight the Taliban, people blame us for not fighting the Taliban. When we fight them, then the method of fighting becomes the issue'. 'I think it is important to fight the terrorists and defeat them. And I think that we can have all the quarterbacking, we can have, all the commentary we can have after the game, but let us fight this fight, win it and, at the same time, provide relief for the people who are becoming victims of this -- of whatever the strategy is that people are criticizing'. 'Look, let's remember, the terrorists have an advantage. They don't have territory to protect. They only have territories to destroy. They do not have a nation state to keep together. We want our nation state to become strong, prosperous and secure. So we really do have to move at a rapid pace --- I think it's time that we just fought the Taliban successfully, defeated them and, at the same time, help the people who are becoming victims as a result of the fighting'.