A study by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) has indicated India has sufficient material and technical capacity to produce between 356 and 492 nuclear bombs.This will surely make defence minister Khawaja M Asif, and other Pakistan officials think twice before threatening India with a nuclear attack. Following heightened tensions between the two neighbours, Asif has threatened to use tactical devices — a reference to nuclear devices supposed to be possessed by Pakistan — against India if it feels its security is under threat. He had also claimed that Pakistan is ahead of India in tactical capabilities. The study titled ‘Indian Unsafeguarded Nuclear Program’ has been published by four nuclear scholars including Adeela Azam, Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Ali and Sameer Khan.
“This work is in contrast to several earlier studies which took a much modest view of the Indian nuclear bomb making potential,” the ISSI said in a statement.
ISSI said the study was aimed at providing an understanding of the true history, size, extent and capabilities of the different aspects of the complex Indian nuclear programme which New Delhi has kept outside the International Atomic Agency safeguards.
The authors claimed that the study contains evidence that India has the largest and oldest unsafeguarded nuclear programme in the developing world and among the states not party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).