By Rameez Raja
It is believed that terrorist groups like the Al Qaida have clearly indicated their intention to acquire nuclear weapons. However, there have been no confirmed reports about the theft of an intact nuclear weapon by non-state actors or terrorists. Moreover, there is a question on the accountability of nuclear weapons in states like Pakistan, Russia, and North Korea, which are regarded as substantial threat to world peace if nuclear weapons were to fall into the wrong hands after security breach in these states.
In academic circles, some scholars do not agree with the issue of nuclear terrorism and have ridiculed it as ‘an overrated nightmare’ or science fiction. The nuclear states have extended security (manual and technical) around nuclear reactors and nuclear storage areas. However, there are many incidents of security breach where outsiders successfully entered into the nuclear storage areas; nuclear mafia is operating in several…
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