US Drones Could Be Harmful For Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme: Seminar
LAHORE: Nuclear issues expert and the director of the Ali Institute of Education, Dr AH Nayyar has expressed fear that US drone attacks could prove harmful for Pakistan’s nuclear programme and its nuclear installations placed at undisclosed locations.
Addressing a seminar titiled “What is so unclear about nuclear; a brief history of Pakistan’s nuclear programme” organised by the Ali Institute of Education in its Mustafa Hall on Thursday, when the director was asked if the CIA could take away Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and whether the country’s nuclear weapons were safe against thefts and proliferations, Dr Nayyar told the audience that the country’s nuclear weapons were fully safe, as the state of Pakistan had taken strict measures according to modern standards that were similar to international countries to avoid any mishap. “But, due to US drone attacks, Pakistani nuclear weapons could be targeted if these weapons were kept in the same areas of the country where US forces were chasing terrorists and bombing their hideouts,” he added.
The nuclear expert said that Pakistan held around 125 nuclear weapons, which were not placed together at any single location in the country, and no other country including the US could trace or take away these weapons from Pakistan and hence the programme was totally safe.
Regarding the threat from the Taliban or other religious element interested in acquiring nuclear weapons to enhance their powers for pressuring the US, he said that generally, it was a most dangerous situation for the nuclear weapons holder countries if they were dealing with terrorist activities in their territories and unfortunately, Pakistan was one of them, so such threats did exist but the security given to these installations was more than adequate.