Meet the Press | February 22, 2017
MR. GREGORY: Let me ask you about Pakistan 's nuclear arsenal . There's been a question about the security of that arsenal. You've assured the world that those nuclear weapons are secure. But I wonder why you're continuing to add to your stockpile, add to your arsenal at what is described as a pretty fast rate when there's so much instability in the country?
MR. ZARDARI: That's, that's, that's not a fact. It's a, it's a position that some people have taken. We, we're not adding to our stockpile as such. Why do we need more?
MR. GREGORY: So you're not adding to your nuclear arsenal at all?
MR. ZARDARI: I don't think so, no.
MR. GREGORY: You don't -- do you know?
MR. ZARDARI: Even if I did, I wasn't going to tell you.
MR. GREGORY: There is a view that -- in the intelligence community in this country that it does not know where all the nuclear weapons are within Pakistan . Why not share that information so there could be a joint strategy to keep those weapons secure?
MR. ZARDARI: Why don't you do the same with other countries yourself? I think it's a sovereignty issue and we have a right to our own sovereignty. It's a sovereign country.
MR. GREGORY: Who's in control of Pakistan , you or the military?
MR. ZARDARI: I think the military is in control of their hemisphere and I'm in control of the whole country.
MR. GREGORY: Can they overrule you?
MR. ZARDARI: No. I can overrule them.
MR. GREGORY: Haven't they overruled you in the past?
MR. ZARDARI: No. We've gone to their position and they've come to our positions.
MR. GREGORY: But you still have final say?
MR. ZARDARI: The parliament has final say. It's the parliament that forms government, and I am a product of the parliament.
MR. GREGORY: But why is it when you wanted your intelligence chief to go to Mumbai you were overruled by your military?
MR. ZARDARI: No, it was not overruled by the military. They thought it was too, too soon. And eventually we've offered for the intelligence chief to meet.