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Safety of Pak nuclear assets doubtful, says Advani

delhi Updated: May 26, 2011 20:10 IST

The attack on a naval base in Karachi has raised questions over safety of Pakistan's nuclear assets, senior BJP leader L K Advani said and asked the government to take note of the seriousness of the situation.

"The situation is really serious. It does not only concern Pakistan. It is a matter of concern for India as well as several other countries of Asia," he said.

"After the attack on the naval base, our concern has increased. The attack also raises question whether they (the terrorist) will reach (Pakistan's) critical installations, particularly the nuclear assets," Advani said on the sidelines of a function at his residence.

Expressing serious concern over the attack, Advani said he talked to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister A K Antony after knowing about the incident and told them that India should take it seriously.

He said the attack also raised questions whether "terrorist elements like al-Qaeda and Taliban were trying to make Pakistan a jihadi state."

Asked about David Coleman Headley's testimony in a US court about ISI's role in the Mumbai attack, Advani said there were no doubts about its role in fomenting terrorist activities in India.

"I do not think there is any doubt about ISI's role (in fomenting terrorism in India)," he said.