Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:40:23 GMT

Pak nukes may fall in hands of south, central Asia militants: US

Washington: Militant groups under the banner of the Taliban in Pakistan as well as those operating in South and Central Asia pose the “greatest threat” to Islamabad's nuclear infrastructure, a report by a US think-tank has said.

Pak nukes may fall in hands of south, central Asia militants: US

As Pakistan continues to build its stockpile of nuclear weapons, the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists (FAS) said there is a broad appreciation of the danger of them falling into the hands of what the report called the 'Pakistani Neo-Taliban'.

"The greatest threat to Pakistan's nuclear infrastructure emanates from jihadists both inside Pakistan and South and Central Asia, generally," said the FAS report entitled 'Anatomizing Non-State Threats to Pakistan's Nuclear Infrastructure: The Pakistani Neo-Taliban' released yesterday.

"While there is a broad appreciation of this danger, there are few substantive studies that identify and explore specific groups motivated and potentially capable of acquiring and employing Pakistani nuclear weapons and/or fissile materials," the report said.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the report is likely to make waves in the US and India, where public opinion towards Pakistan is increasingly hostile in the wake of the secret US raid on a Pakistani Army garrison town which killed Osama bin Laden in his hideout.

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