Danger to Pak nukes from terrorists; India worried

India voiced concern over the `danger and threat` of Pakistan`s nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of terrorists and said it is closely monitoring the situation in the neighbourhood.

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011, 18:44 PM IST

New Delhi: India on Friday voiced concern
over the "danger and threat" of Pakistan`s nuclear arsenal
falling into the hands of terrorists and said it is closely
monitoring the situation in the neighbourhood.

"Our only worry is that Pakistan`s nuclear arsenal
is always in danger and threat of going into the hands of
militants and terrorists.... We are closely monitoring the
happenings around us," Defence Minister AK Antony said when
asked about American media reports on Pakistan`s nuclear
stockpile.

"We know Pakistan is strengthening its nuclear
arsenal. We are taking care of it. We are not unduly worried
as we are capable against any threat," Antony told reporters.

The Defence Minister was speaking after
felicitating an Indian Air Force (IAF) mountaineering team
comprising 11 women officers who successfully submitted the
Mount Everest on May 25.

On the preparedness of armed forces in the wake of
developments in the neighbourhood after the killing of Osama
bin Laden, Antony said, "Our armed forces will have to be
vigilant round the clock.

"Especially after the bin Laden killing, our armed
forces are closely monitoring everything and they are ever
vigilant," he said.

On the possible link of Pakistani armed forces and
terror outfits based there, the Defence Minister said,
"Considering the present security scenario and the threat from
terrorist outfits, our armed forces will have to be vigilant
round the clock. That they are doing."

PTI