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Pak nukes falling in wrong hands a concern: Antony

Last Updated: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 12:41

New Delhi: With increasing terror attacks in
Pakistan raising concerns over the safety of its nuclear
arsenal, Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said the threat of
these weapons falling in wrong hands was an "area of serious
concern" and its consequences would be "unimaginable".

Noting that there was scarcely any country which was not
affected by terrorism, Antony said the recent terror-related
incidents in Pakistan and Afghanistan have "thrust South Asia
into a sub-conventional conflict and instability."

"Threat of nuclear weapons falling in wrong hands remains
an area of serious concern and consequences of such a
situation are unimaginable," he said while addressing a
seminar `Changing Nature of Conflict: Trends and Responses`.

Speaking on the occasion, Army Chief General Deepak
Kapoor said South Asia along with West Asia has emerged as
"one of the epicentres of conflict and instability."

The Army Chief warned that the situation would "further
worsen since there was neither any political or diplomatic
unity nor any common ground to build a consensus to fight this
new war."

"Territorial disputes, provocation by proxy wars,
religious fundamentalism, radical extremism, ethnic tensions
and socio-economic disparities are the hallmarks of South
Asia," he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 12:41
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