Foreign Office Rejects Uranium Reports About Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Office termed as baseless UK media reports that a uranium package seized at Heathrow Airport in London originated from Pakistan.
The FO spokesperson said the media reports were baseless and not factual.
On Wednesday, London police detected a “very small quantity” of uranium in a package that reached Heathrow Airport in December 2022.
Richard Smith, chief of London’s Counter Terrorism Command said, “The amount of radioactive material was extremely small and it posed no risk.”
Reacting to media queries, FO Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said, “We have seen the media reports. We are confident that the reports are not factual.”
She said that the UK authorities did not share any information with Pakistan on this matter.
A spokesperson of Scotland Yard Richard Smith said, “We confirm that officers from the Counter Terrorism Command were contacted by Border Force colleagues at Heathrow after a very small amount of contaminated material was identified after routine screening on 29 December 2022.”
He said, “I reassure the public that the amount of contaminated material was extremely small and poses no threat to the public.
He also said, the police did not arrest anyone in this case so far. Border Force agents isolated the shipment in a radioactive room and, upon determining it was uranium, called in counter-terror police, he added.