In 1981 Indian Air Force conducted feasibility study on attacking Kahuta: WPS Sidhu

The Indian Express

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The Indian Express quotes Brookings India scholar WPS Sidhu in its story, Did India plan a covert military attack on a Pakistani nuclear reactor?

In the article Sushant Singh writes about top-secret documents that were declassified last week by US State department from 1984-85 which focus on the Pakistani nuclear programme. The documents show that the US warned Pakistan about an Indian military attack on the Pakistani nuclear reactor at Kahuta.

In 1996, WPS Sidhu, senior fellow for foreign policy at Brookings India, was the first to state that after the induction of Jaguars, Indian Air Force (IAF) had conducted a brief study in June 1981 on the feasibility of attacking Kahuta. The study concluded that India could “attack and neutralise” Kahuta but feared that such an attack would result in a full-blown war between India and Pakistan.

Read the full article in The Indian Express here.