By Pallava Bagla
Is South Asia really the most dangerous place since two nuclear armed neighbours keep sabre rattling and brandishing their atomic weapons? India and Pakistan both became declared nuclear armed countries in 1998 and since then there have been many skirmishes including the latest in 2019 after India carried out air strikes on Balakote . Tariq Rauf, considered the dean of all non-proliferation issues in the world and former head of inspections at the global nuclear watch dog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria . Rauf believes there will be no `nuclear flash point’ between India and Pakistan and says he does not lose sleep over this exaggerated claim.
He still thinks the possibility of a nuclear war between Russia and America is far greater as they have thousands of weapons at hair trigger readiness.
Rauf says both India and Pakistan should sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and then both should be admitted to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) together