India's Minister of State for Defence has warned the world that the Islamic State (Isis) militants can acquire nuclear weapons 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," said Rao Inderjit Singh on 30 May, reported Bloomberg, amidst the Shangri-La regional security conference in Singapore.
"The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilāyah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region," read the article titled 'The Perfect Storm'.
According to IS, the article was alleged to have been drafted by British hostage John Cantlie.
IS has previously acquired, "tanks, rocket launchers, missile systems, anti-aircraft systems," from the US and Iran, the article further claimed.
"It's the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and it's infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago. And if not a nuke, what about a few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive? That's easy enough to make," read the article.
Meanwhile, the Washington-based Nuclear Threat Initiative said in 2014 that corruption and the high quantities of nuclear material have adversely affected the security around India's nuclear materials, reported Bloomberg.
Social media reaction remained critical of Singh's caution.