File - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with representatives of the military. (Reuters)
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Pakistan's foreign secretary Thursday hotly denied his country could sell Saudi Arabia an "off-the-shelf" nuclear weapon, after days of high-level talks in Washington.Saudi Arabia also fears that resulting U.S. sanctions relief would hand its Persian and Shiite arch foe tens of billions to spend on its military, while key elements of the nuclear program would remain intact.At the turn of the millennium it emerged that AQ Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear program, had been selling nuclear blueprints to Libya, North Korea and Iran.Born out of the bloody partition of the British-ruled India in August 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars against each other, notably for control of the strategic Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is divided between them.
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