`Threat of Pak nukes falling in jehadi hands`

Authoritative sources told Zee news that earlier both Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram and Minister for External Affairs, Mr SM Krishna had ``flagged`` the issue of Pakistan`s nuclear weapons with the USA.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 17:58 PM IST

Swati Chaturvedi

New Delhi: The Cabinet committee on Security (CCS) is extremely worried about an ``eyes only`` Research & Analysis report that warns that the ``command and control`` structure of Pakistan`s nuclear weapons falling in to the hands of what the report describes as the ``hardline jehadi`` elements rampant in Pakistan society

Authoritative sources told Zee News that earlier both Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Union Minister for External Affairs S M Krishna had ``flagged`` the issue of Pakistan`s nuclear weapons with the USA.

The report which comes from Islamabad is based on both ``humint`` and ``techmint`` (human intelligence and technical intelligence) and says that the weapons thought to carry limited payload are entirely in the hands of the Army the rapid ``jehadification`` of the Army is a serious cause of concern.

Separately, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has also warned that the Taliban and even Osama Bin Laden are also eyeing Pakistan`s nuclear weapons.
The report asks the CCS to take a joint view with the USA and wants the government to take it up at the appropriate levels with the US establishment as it says that the Pakistan nuclear weapons are a bigger threat than Iran`s going the nuclear route.
A CCS member told Zee News, ``We have decided to take up the matter with the US government since it is a cause of grave concern. Pakistan Punjab Governor Salman Taseer`s murder by his own security guard lays bear the cancer at the heart of Pakistan.``