Islamabad. Pakistan on Thursday dismissed reports in the British media that a cargo package containing uranium that landed at London’s Heathrow airport last month came from Karachi, saying the report was “not factual”. The BBC reported on Wednesday that British counter-terrorism police were probing the matter after border officials seized cargo contaminated with uranium at Heathrow airport last month.
The newspaper ‘The Sun’, which first reported the matter, said that the uranium had come from Pakistan. It was found in a ‘shipment’ of scrap metal, the news said. In response to the reports, a top Pakistani official said they were “not factual”. He said no information was officially shared by Britain with Pakistan.
The Dawn newspaper quoted Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra as saying on Thursday, “No information to this effect has been officially shared with us. We believe the reports are not factual.” According to Pakistani officials, the consignment was not from Pakistan as claimed by the British media.
It is learned that the cargo package arrived at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 via Oman Air passenger flight ‘WY101’ on the evening of 29 December. The flight originated from Pakistan, where UK officials believe the package was kept as cargo. The flight had stopovers in Muscat and Oman. On arrival at Heathrow, the package was detected by regular airport scanners, which alerted Border Force officers to analyze the contents.
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