The Arms Control and Disarmament Centre (ACDC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted a panel discussion on “The Myth of India’s Impeccable Nuclear Non-Proliferation Record,” on July 15, 2021. The panel discussion was attended by various distinguished national and international experts and moderated by Malik Qasim Mustafa, Director, ACDC-ISSI.
While presenting an introduction of the webinar, Malik Qasim Mustafa, Director, ACDC-ISSI said that recent incidents of uranium theft in India in May and June 2021, where the Indian authorities have arrested several people for possessing and planning to sell around 13 kilogrammes of uranium have raised several questions and concerns. Dozens of similar nuclear proliferation and theft incidents have already happened in India such as illicit heavy water acquisitions, centrifuge know-how leakage, illicit procurements and diversion of international peaceful cooperation for weapons use, etc. These incidents question the credibility of India’s nuclear regulatory regime; safety and security of its nuclear assets and double standards of the international community for always giving a clean chit to India by granting it waivers and signing nuclear cooperation agreements.
While welcoming the guests, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, stated that besides nuclear proliferations incidents, the recent doctrinal shifts on the Indian side provides an opportunity for Pakistan to enlighten the international community regarding the irresponsible behaviour of nuclear India.