Pakistan's nuclear safety: India's grave concern

Terror attack on Karachi (Pakistan) naval airbase
New Delhi, May 27: Pakistan not only has more warheads than its long-time adversary (India), but also has more capability to actually use them, says US military and intelligence officials. Indian Defence Minister AK Antony earlier said that militants attack on Pakistan's naval airbase is a matter of concern.

After Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Karachi, the world seems to be concerned over Pakistan's nuclear safety. At first it was a concern for USA but now it has gripped India.

Pakistan's major nuclear plants are located at the terrorism escalated North-West area. US, which lent an aid of a whopping $100 million to raise Pakistan's nuclear security, is puzzled now asking one big question to itself that how it helped Pakistan?

Considering China's liberal help also to Pakistan in developing nuclear power, it is of no doubt that it has better nuclear arsenal than India. Now, this fact has become an annoyance for India. Reports claim that Pakistan is head-on with up to five nuclear warheads compared to India.

Meanwhile, David Coleman Headly's revelation during Mumbai terror attacks trial in Chicago, makes a more picture about the ISI officials, perhaps the whole spy unit having connections with terror outfits. The initial probe into the Karachi attack has revealed that a few insiders facilitated the militants to carry out the mission. This makes the role of insiders more evident in backing al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the garrison town Abbottabad.

The worrying factors in Pakistan are frail establishment, lack of ability and lack of integrity. One big question being asked is what if Pakistani guards fail to prevent Mehran-type attacks on any other nuclear plant?

Osama's killing and Headly's revelations confirm the deep connection of ISI with terror networks and coordinating attacks in India. The increasing cause of worrisome is, what will happen to the world if at one point of time, insiders facilitate terrorists and provide access to nuclear weapons?

Senior officials while travelling with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Africa, told reporters that they are concerned about the safety of Pakistan"s nuclear installations. “The real risk is internal, who guards the guardians," they said.

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