Pakistan has a nuclear bomb and could assemble many more — time, circumstances and sufficient quantities of nuclear materials permitting. The dramatic admission that the international nuclear club had a ninth member (the others are widely accepted as the Great Powers, India, Israel and South Africa) was made to an Indian newspaper columnist visiting Islamabad in early 1987. His informant, the head of Pakistan’s uranium-enrichment programme, Dr Abdul Qader Khan, said in his celebrated interview: 1

What the CIA has been saying about our possessing the bomb is correct and so is the speculation of some foreign newspapers … They told us that Pakistan could never produce the bomb and they doubted my capabilities, but they now know we have done it.