America has mounted a covert operation to safeguard Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and prevent warheads from falling under the control of rogue commanders or Islamist terrorists.

Teams of American specialists, deployed in Pakistan’s most sensitive military sites, have formulated launch codes to prevent the unauthorised use of nuclear missiles.

“They are sending their experts to our nuclear sites to roll back our nuclear programme and declare Pakistan a rogue state,” said Munawar Hassan, deputy leader of Jamaat-I-Islami, the main Islamist party. “Pervaiz Musharraf is playing into the hands of the US. He is not our ruler, he is serving the interests of America.”

America’s involvement in compiling missile codes raises the possibility that it might be able to prevent Pakistan from launching its nuclear weapons.

I don’t see a downside to this, and I hope things are as reported.