Washington, Apr 23: Warning of a major threat to India, a non-proliferation US commission has predicted that if the Indo-Pak tensions escalate then Pakistan may give nuclear weapons to the Taliban for use against India.
“If something broke out in Kashmir that reignited the vitriol between India and Pakistan, that could be an incident that could cause someone to make the decision.
“We don"t want to use these weapons, but we"re going to let our surrogate Taliban have access to these weapons and they"ll do our dirty work," said Bob Graham, head of US Commission on the Prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism.
Mr Graham's statements came in response to questions of anxious US legislators at a Congressional hearing.
Referring to the report of the commission released in earlier in 2010, Mr. Graham said, “We understood that we didn"t want to allow a misstep or an accidental event to become the ignition for such a war. So we set up the red phone in the Oval Office and a whole protocol."
“None of that exists between India and Pakistan. I have felt that this may be an area in which the U.S. and Russia together, since we developed these protocols for our own benefit and the world"s benefit, might work together with India and Pakistan to try to get them to develop," he said, adding that while China and India are develop some of those fail-safe procedures nothing of this sort is seen between India and Pakistan.