National security advisor MK Narayanan said on Friday that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) could target one of the country’s atomic energy installations. Terming it as a “very serious threat”, he said: “There is information that, may be one of our atomic energy installations could be the target,” he said in an interview to Karan Thapar for CNN-IBN.
Asked whether there was any information about individuals who could be picking up the targets, Narayanan said: “It’s LeT operation...It is a very serious threat... I think I may be ex-communicated after this. I may not be given information but since you asked me, this is enough for us. I would like to be able to prevent this and get the module that is responsible.”
Narayanan said the LeT always had links with Al-Qaeda, but it posed a greater threat because of its international network. “LeT has contacts right across Europe and is very active in Asia,” he said.
“We are concerned because of the nature of its operations. If there is infiltration into the armed forces or sensitive civilian operations, it is a matter of concern,” he said and expressed the confidence that the security forces would be able to unearth its modules. Asked about BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s claim about a mole in the PMO during PV Narasimha Rao’s regime, the NSA contended that what Singh had done trivialised an issue of great importance.
“If there was really a mole, we would have liked to have looked at it...many years down the road, whatever evidence of that kind was available, would have been erased,” Narayanan said.
He said from that point of view, the whole exercise had been one of nullifying any attempt to find out if indeed there was a mole.