Alarmist tone: India 'afraid' Islamic State may get access to Pakistan’s nuclear arms

Published: May 30, 2015
India Minister of State Defense Rao Inderjit Singh. PHOTO: AFP

India Minister of State Defense Rao Inderjit Singh. PHOTO: AFP

Indian Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh struck an alarmist tone on Saturday, saying India is concerned that extremist groups such as Islamic State may get their hands on nuclear arms from Pakistan. 

“With the rise of ISIS in West Asia, one is afraid to an extent that perhaps they might get access to a nuclear arsenal from states like Pakistan,” Singh said on Saturday on the sidelines of the Shangri-La regional security conference in Singapore, Bloomberg reported.

Singh went on to add that if Pakistan develops technology that enables its submarines to carry nuclearwarheads, “it would just be a step further in arming their defense services.”

India has also been criticised for the quality of its nuclear security. India’s nuclear materials security conditions were adversely affected by the continued increase in its quantities of nuclear material, as well as high levels of corruption among public officials, The Washington-based Nuclear Threat Initiative said last year.

In the latest issue of its propaganda magazine, Dabiq, the Islamic State (IS) suggested that the terrorist group is expanding so rapidly that it will buy its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year.

Read: Islamic State says it could buy nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year

The article, which the group attributes to British hostage John Cantlie, says that the IS surpassed its roots as “the most explosive Islamic ‘group’ in the modern world” to evolve into “the most explosive Islamic movement the modern world has ever seen” in less than twelve months.

The government has flip-flopped on its position on Islamic State with the Foreign Office saying the militant group posed a threat to the country just days after the interior minister had denied the presence of Islamic State in South Asia, particularly Pakistan.

Read: Islamic State poses serious threat to Pakistan: FO

“The government is on alert to the IS threat in the region,” Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in Islamabad at Parliament in February.

The foreign secretary had said the government has directed all concerned authorities to ensure that no organisation or individual remain in contact with IS in the country.

Earlier in May, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested two men in Nothia Bazaar area of Peshawar for reportedly distributing IS pamphlets.

Ghulam Muhammad and Lal Muhammad were picked up in a raid from their hideout, a CTD official told The Express Tribune.

Read: The Islamic State movement and Pakistan

The accused were shifted to an undisclosed location, police officials further said. The duo was distributing pamphlets in Pashto and Persian, urging people to join the Islamic State.

The ultra-extremist Middle Eastern terrorist group, the Islamic State, and its affiliate Jundullah claimed responsibility for the May 12 bus attack in Karachi which claimed more the 40 lives.

The article originally appeared on Bloomberg.

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Reader Comments (56)

  • Babloo
    May 30, 2015 - 7:24PM

    The Indian minister is mistake. Pakistan itself is the ‘Islamic state’.Recommend

  • Truth Detector
    May 30, 2015 - 7:26PM

    Heat & political leadership insanity continues unabated in India. Indian leaders don’t get tired of stupid assertions, fear mongering & worn-out cliches.Recommend

  • Modi
    May 30, 2015 - 7:32PM

    There are 3 nuclear bombs already on the loose in pakistan. Believe me i know.Recommend

  • Khan
    May 30, 2015 - 7:39PM

    He definitely need help from a mental doctor.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 30, 2015 - 7:46PM

    lol, our pigeons are more dangerous than ISIS. get a life indians. you people think anything other than pakistan? pathetic.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    May 30, 2015 - 7:48PM

    The day ISIS gets hold of nuclear weapons from Pakistan will be the Judgement day. The West (including USA) and India will remove Pakistan from the map. I am that confident. Therefore that will not happen.Recommend

  • Hasan
    May 30, 2015 - 8:03PM

    Pakistan’s nuclear assets are the most secure ones in the whole world. Even Americans have accepted it. India should mind it’s own business like trying to eradicate poverty or provide toilets to its citizens!Recommend

  • A.Q.Khan
    May 30, 2015 - 8:07PM

    This nuclear proliferation charge will continue for the another 100 yrsRecommend

  • ziddi
    May 30, 2015 - 8:19PM

    Next time he will claim Pakistan has developed a nuclear war head that can b carried by pigeons…..:P :P :DRecommend

  • MK
    May 30, 2015 - 8:27PM

    India – The Number One Terrorist State in the World. Period. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 30, 2015 - 8:33PM

    Just shut your mouth and do your work….Recommend

  • OhNo!
    May 30, 2015 - 8:44PM

    Sir Inderjit! If you had to raise the IS-Pak issue, you should have done your HW. First, “Conquering India” is on IS list, it will be better for you to not call them to Pak. Why? You will just loose a buffer between you and IS. Its good you strongly believe IS can’t cross Pak into India, thank Pak Army. Second; You could have sent your hired terrorists again in IS outfit near Pak Nuclear site claiming to hand it over to IS, lol, then show people; “See We Told You So!” Lastly: Please work on your fast disintegrating place among hygienic nations instead of being jealous of PAk progress.Recommend

  • Kam
    May 30, 2015 - 8:45PM

    US or India will pay alot more for Pakistani nuclear weopens than ISIS if it was for sale or corrupt people could sell them. People have just lost common sense in hatred towards Pakistan.Recommend

  • Prakash
    May 30, 2015 - 8:56PM

    I have always maintained that nukes in the hands of a failing state like Pakistan are like a live grenade in the hands of a drunk – dangerous to others, and the dangerous to the drunk himself.Recommend

  • Radio Active
    May 30, 2015 - 9:34PM

    India should be more afraid of what’s coming next after spy pigeon… A nuclear armed crane or duck….Recommend

  • Maxx.
    May 30, 2015 - 9:49PM

    This is as hilarious as the reports of ‘Spy Pigeon’ caught by the BSF. On the contrary India might sell one to ISIS and blame it on Pakistan. Has done these tactics in 1971, with the Agartala conspiracy and helping Mukti Bahni. Recommend

  • shahid
    May 30, 2015 - 9:53PM

    Really? Well, IS won’t get their hands on our nukes but isn’t BJP as fanatic as IS when it comes to butchering innocent citizens and hasn’t it already gotten its hands on nukes? Recommend

  • Lahori badshah
    May 30, 2015 - 10:36PM

    Pakistan is very prepared , thus it’s easy for the deranged mullahs to get into unsuspecting Indian arsenal , LoL watch out. RSS bastardized vs the deranged mullah, both are destined for the eternal inferno together!Recommend

  • Haider
    May 30, 2015 - 10:46PM

    Whats happening these days.Pakistan blaming Raw.India doing silly and stupid acts capturing pigeon and now this.We learnt to blame Raw from Indians blaming ISI.Recommend

  • Dishum
    May 30, 2015 - 11:02PM

    Pakistan will never sell its nuclear weapons, Sir. It may loan it to good friends and customers but it will never sell them.Recommend

  • Nauman Ghauri
    May 30, 2015 - 11:12PM


  • Abacus
    May 30, 2015 - 11:15PM

    Nice ET. The heading of the original article is “India Concerned ISIS May Get Access to Pakistan’s Nuclear Arms”. Not only have you twisted the headline, you’ve also added “Indian Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh struck an alarmist tone on Saturday”, while retaining the rest of the article, so as to give your own twisted spin. What the minister has said is not India’s fear alone, but by editing the article to suit your pliant audience, you do the region a huge disservice.
    Very objective reporting. Not! Recommend

  • Layman
    May 30, 2015 - 11:19PM

    How Hypocrites as a nation we have become and the main culprit is this morally corrupt media, Every night when I got to bed after watching late evening takl shows I get a sense that all the attacks in Pakistan are done by RAW ( which I firmly believe ) but when I wake up the next morning and turn on my TV on all the morning shows of different channels the only thing I could see is songs from the country which is the biggest enemy of Pakistan with Bollywood dances and wedding on them…Recommend

  • Azi
    May 30, 2015 - 11:40PM

    If I recall correctly, there was a case of incompetent guards at Indian nuclear facilities which highlighted the lack of security. Meanwhile their army is having trouble differentiating b/w planets and drones and police is busy catching bird and camel spies. I don’t think any country can drop this low and at the same time over inflate their egos with super power and space fairing nation. While they keep pulling such stunts 2500 people have died in heat crisis and they still blame Pakistan for sending heat waves. Can anyone imagine if those 2500 had died by Pakistan’s involvement? Yes, it would be a huge response but in this case nothing, which shows their priorities to their public.Recommend

  • Bol
    May 30, 2015 - 11:49PM

    Hahahaha…….Indians are really funny!!!!Recommend

  • Sethi Mushtaq
    May 30, 2015 - 11:57PM

    On the contrary they should be worry about the Maoist/Naxalites getting access to their nukes,since they are in total control of the 40% of India 29 states,called the Red Corridor and within this area that the Indian government has no writ are their nuclear facilities.Recommend

  • N.Sid
    May 31, 2015 - 12:07AM

    Supposedly…by any figment of imagination, the Islamic State gets the Pakistan nuclear bomb, then what concerns India have, there is no ISIS in India, or even Pakistan.

    The area of operation is Syria, Iraq and some parts of Jordan.
    Seems like they are planning some thing sinister and very dirty nefarious designs against Pakistan, like giving a crude dirty bomb to ISIS and then blame it on Pakistan. This false flag operations are very common these days. India and Israel are the experts…just do some research. Recommend

  • Bibi
    May 31, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Indian propaganda is in sync with IS propaganda, published few days ago on their website. Is their any nexus between them?Recommend

  • Jaggit
    May 31, 2015 - 12:23AM

    India is a source of terrorism, discrimination, an insult to humanity.Recommend

  • Engineer
    May 31, 2015 - 12:32AM

    Shouldn’t Pakistan be more afraid if any Islamic state sympathizer military general smuggles a nuke to Islamic state in Iraq and Syria? Because if that happens Pakistan as a nuclear state will be the end as we know it, even China wouldn’t come to the rescue for Pakistan. Recommend

  • AsR
    May 31, 2015 - 12:40AM

    We are afraid RSS is very close to getting indian nukes. Right from assassination of Mahtama Gandhi, Sikh massacres, samjotah express blast and now their efforts to build a statue of Nathuram godse, there is an alarming trend. And on top of that now there is an ex-RSS boy leading India as prime minister….Recommend

  • Arif
    May 31, 2015 - 12:44AM

    And Pakistan is afraid Indian terrorists will get their hands on nuclear weapons… uh-ho dammit they already have their hand on it and they are ruling the country led by Modi.Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    May 31, 2015 - 1:01AM

    Shouldn’t we as Pakistani be supplying nukes to stone throwing Kashmiris, or is it as real as your statement reflecting your best talent to be a director of indian homeland series??Recommend

  • Sethi Mushtaq
    May 31, 2015 - 2:14AM

    There is a series of such propaganda, on 22 May 2015 published a news story “ISIS claims it is ‘infinitely’ closer to buying a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and smuggling it into the US”, Now after few days India has come up with this absurd statement. In my opinion, all this propaganda should be linked to Indian plans to sabotage the Pak-China Economic Corridor.Recommend

  • Haider Rehman
    May 31, 2015 - 2:15AM

    Typical Indian tactic, when they are on backfoot. IS can hope to get nukes from terrorist supporting India, a whole lot easier than Pakistan.Recommend

  • Singh
    May 31, 2015 - 2:35AM

    All mental Dr. are in Pakistan.
    Oh and India have world famous physiologist in practice. Recommend

  • Oops!
    May 31, 2015 - 3:10AM

    Not! India will be wiped of the face of earth, Prakash! Iqbal maybe our poet, but that doesn’t that is common in Pak, lol.Recommend

  • Amer
    May 31, 2015 - 3:22AM

    We have always maintained that hate blinds people and destroys their justement. Hate spewing failed nation india needs to get a life.Recommend

  • Kishan
    May 31, 2015 - 4:09AM

    Sir go back to pigeon capturing, your brain is smaller than a pigeon.

    We know you will give some small weapons to your mercenaries and claim they stole it from Pak.

    1 billion population, 1 billion idiotsRecommend

  • May 31, 2015 - 4:09AM

    There you go……Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    May 31, 2015 - 4:23AM

    That makes two of us. Pakistan is very concerned that Indian nukes may fall in the hands of Maoist Naxalites, which already control 30% of Indian territory. Pakistan should offer assistance in case India needs help in securing its nukes.Recommend

  • Aisha
    May 31, 2015 - 5:08AM

    Yeah failed state can blow up 1.2 billion of genetic garbage in no time. And no dummy Bhagwan can save youRecommend

  • Sane Khan
    May 31, 2015 - 5:39AM

    So India is shitting bricks now,
    Good for them, they can use the same bricks to make toilets for their citizens.Recommend

  • Mr Khan
    May 31, 2015 - 6:36AM

    How many pigeons have the Indians arrested today?Recommend

  • SayWat?
    May 31, 2015 - 7:03AM

    @Sane Khan:
    Ha ha ha ha ha!
    Love Dat!Recommend

  • miristan
    May 31, 2015 - 9:06AM

    Pakistan is a Islamic Republic of Pakistan. There is Zero possibility that ISIS will invade Pakistan. But there is 100 % possibility they will penetrate in to India,because there is discrimination against Indian Muslims. Pakistani Nuclear war heads over 200 are already pointing to strategic targets in India. Please be careful when you send Raw agents for terrorist activities in Pakistan and talk against Pakistan. This is reality that Pakistan is only country which can turn India into Stone age. Recommend

  • Kumar
    May 31, 2015 - 12:00PM

    Scary thought indeed!Recommend

  • Oslo
    May 31, 2015 - 4:37PM

    If wishes were horses then Iqbal would ride.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    May 31, 2015 - 5:08PM

    This is very likely in view of corrupt officials in Pakistan. Remember, it has happened in before when Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani scientist who helped develop Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, confessed in 2004 that his network had sold nuclear know-how on the black market to states such as North Korea and Iran.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    May 31, 2015 - 5:10PM

    And your point is?Recommend

  • Asad
    May 31, 2015 - 6:50PM

    First return our Kaboorar plz :PRecommend

  • Fool Minister
    May 31, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Indian minster surely very defensive.Recommend

  • Oslo
    Jun 1, 2015 - 2:54AM

    You always try to be smart, figure out yourself.Recommend

  • Plausible
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:13PM

    Every nuclear power is a danger to itself and to others without exception. Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 6, 2015 - 6:46PM

    ”Pak can turn us to stone age in one stroke” . That is what is needed to be explained . Islamic Republic is threatening a country which is inhabited by muslims almost equal number to their population . R SS linked government can think of it as the bonb will kill only muslims within a second to respond any such misadventure from across the border . Thus there is a remotest
    possibility . Here we and the world are concerned with the possibility of use of dirty bomb by Islamic terrorists . They can drop it on Pakistan as well .Recommend

  • Zulfiqar
    Jun 7, 2015 - 2:46AM

    Please be careful three weeks before one of EU based Diplomatic Mediator disclosed this
    kind of activities would be done from India just for sabotage the Pak- China Economic Corridor.
    when International mediator Mr Faisal disclosed this conspiracy Indian are giving such kind of statements.Recommend

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