ISLAMABAD (APP) - Foreign Office on Monday said Pakistan had effective custodial controls over its nuclear programme and said well-established institutional mechanisms were responsible for managing the safety of strategic assets. The Foreign Office spokesperson refuting a statement by former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Ghotki on Sunday about the countrys nuclear programme, said, The government, the armed forces and above all the people of Pakistan are absolutely committed to this objective. The spokesperson dismissed a statement by the former foreign minister and said, The insinuations made against the President in the aforementioned remarks are baseless and strongly refuted. The countrys nuclear prorgamme is integral to national defence and will not be compromised under any circumstances. The spokesperson stated that it is well-known that in furtherance of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, all powers were transferred to the parliament and the executive authority is vested fully with the prime minister. Accordingly, the National Command Authority (NCA) which consists of the ministers of defence, foreign affairs, interior, finance as well as chairman joint chiefs of staff committee and the three services chiefs is now headed by the prime minister of Pakistan. The Strategic Plans Division of the National Command Authority is headed by the director general, who also serves as the secretary of the NCA. Besides, the NCA and the Strategic Plans Division, there are also the Strategic Forces Command. These well-established institutional mechanisms are responsible of managing Pakistans strategic assets and programmes. We have effective custodial controls, the spokesperson said. Our policy of maintaining credible minimum deterrence will be maintained, she said. The spokesperson further stated that Pakistan is a responsible nuclear weapon state. The National Command Authority meets frequently to review all matters relating to strategic programmes and provide direction for upgrading of the countrys strategic programme to suit Pakistans defence requirements.