STOCKHOLM: Pakistan is in danger of “losing control of part of its nuclear arsenal” to terrorists, according to a new report published by theStockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI). In its report published on Tuesday, the global think-tank said that India and Pakistan are “expanding their capacity to produce fissile material for military purposes.”
The report said that the world’s eight nuclear powers – Britain, China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan,Russia and the US – possess more than 20,500 warheads. It argued that prospects for meaningful disarmament in the short term are grim, as all eight countries seem committed to either improving or maintaining their nuclear programmes.
“The five legally recognized nuclear weapons states (Britain, China, France, Russia and the US), as defined by the 1968 non-proliferation treaty are either deploying new nuclear weapon systems or have announced their intention to do so,” Samaa TV quoted the report, as saying.
‘It’s a stretch to say that the New START cuts agreed by the USA and Russia are a genuine step towards nuclear disarmament when their planning for nuclear forces is done on a time scale that encompasses decades and when nuclear modernization is a major priority of their defence policies,’ says SIPRI Senior Researcher Shannon Kile. SIPRI deputy director Daniel Nord said that South Asia, where relations between India and Pakistan seem perpetually tense, is “the only place in the world where you have a nuclear weapons arms race.”
“India and Pakistan continue to develop new ballistic and cruise missile systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons. They are also expanding their capacities to produce fissile material for military purposes,” the report said.