01 January , 2008
New York: Reassurances from Islamabad and Washington notwithstanding, Pakistan's nuclear weapons are not that secure, says Newsweek
"A witch's brew that includes political instability, a burgeoning Islamic insurgency, a demoralised army and an intensely anti-American population, puts Pakistan's nuclear weapons at risk," the US newsweekly has said in its analysis.
Graham Allison, a Harvard don and author of Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, writes in the magazine that he asked Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf in December 2003, soon after terrorists came within a second-and-a-half of blowing him up: "How plausible is it that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is more secure than the president of the country himself?”
Musharraf replied: "Well, there you may have a point."
Allison wonders if uncertainty and instability in Pakistan today provide propitious opportunities for more A Q Khans to proliferate.
Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, was charged with selling nuclear technology on the black market.