NEW DELHI: The head of terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Saeed, is encouraging students from Pakistan’s prestigious University of Engineering and Technology (UET) to join Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and Khan Research Laboratories after graduation.
This has led to dozens of JuD affiliated members from UET joining the country’s nuclear institutions, raising fears of nuclear weapons falling in the hands of terrorists, a new book titled ‘Pakistan: Courting The Abyss’ has warned.
In his maiden book, Tliak Devasher, who retired from the cabinet secretariat and dealt extensively with India’s neighbourhood, paints a grim picture of the growth of extremist groups and their access to sophisticated technology.
“LeT’s efforts to access nuclear weapons should also be noted. In his book, ‘Call for Transnational Jihad’, Arif Jamal reveals that since his days as a teacher in UET, Hafiz Saeed and co-founder of the JuD Zafar Iqbal had been encouraging their students to join the country’s nuclear science and technology institutions like PAEC and KRL after graduating from UET,” Devasher has written in the chapter on terror infrastructure in Pakistan.
The book further says, “Jamal believes that dozens of JuD members from UET and other universities have joined Pakistan’s nuclear and technology institutions. It is this penetration of state institutions, including nuclear ones, that seems to have convinced the JuD that it is likely to acquire access to nuclear technology.
This may come sooner than imagined given the JuD’s ability to realise its plans systematically.