A former senior American official has warned that the terrorists could up to 150 Pakistani nuclear weapons after the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan, leaving the country under the control of Taliban group.
John Bolton, National Security Advisor to former President Donald Trump, made the remarks during an interview with WABC 770 on Sunday.
“The Taliban in control of Afghanistan threatens the possibility of terrorists taking control of Pakistan … that means maybe 150 nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists,” Bolton said.
The United States pulled out all its troops from Afghanistan on 31st August, a little over two weeks after capturing capital Kabul.
The remarks by Bolton came as Washington signed a peace deal with Taliban in February last year with counter-terrorism assurances being one of the main conditions of the agreement.
However, Dr. Amin al Haq, a top al Qaeda leader and aide to network’s founder, returned to Afghanistan, less than two weeks after Taliban captured the country.
On the other hand, Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, has emboldened the radical groups in Pakistan, who have been eyeing the establishment of an Islamic rule in Pakistan.
“The whole world has seen that they defeated America and its arrogant power,” a pro-Taliban Pakistani religious leader, Maulana Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying in a report by Washington Post.
Maulana Aziz reportedly made the remarks during an interview during which he emphasized that Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan ‘will definitely have a positive effect on our struggle to establish Islamic rule in Pakistan.’