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US Targets Pakistani Nuclear Establishment While Concealing Indian Proliferation

Posted by yourpakistan on April 26, 2011

US media launches a campaign to harass and stigmatize legitimate Pakistani civilian nuclear projects. No word on how US government allowed named Indian defense-related companies to be eligible to trade in militarized nuclear technology.

SHIREEN M. MAZARI | Strategic Technology Resources


US duplicity on the nuclear issue vis a vis Pakistan and India continues to reveal that the US is not interested in nuclear disarmament or even nuclear arms control. Instead, it is seeking only to target Muslim states like Pakistan from developing even their civilian nuclear programmes through restrictions on exports of dual-use technology even where it is needed purely for civilian use – especially in the case of Pakistan since Pakistan’s missile and nuclear weapons programme is not premised on US designs nor dependent on nuts and bolts from the US. 

The US media has been playing up cases of individuals caught under suspicion of seeking to export suspected dual-use components to Pakistan and trying to use this to target Pakistan’s nuclear establishment despite knowing full well the total asymmetry between US weapons’ designs and Pakistan’s nuclear weapons/missile development. 

Yet no one has taken note of the fact that the US government has contravened its obligations under the Non Proliferation Treaty (Articles I and III) by removing Indian space and defence related companies companies, involved in the military and nuclear field, from its “Entity List” earlier this year. This action was taken by the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security which controls exports and re-exports of dual-use commodities, technology and software. In this list of US military gifts to India were nine Indian space and defence related companies including those from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 

The entities removed from the Entity List are: Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), the four remaining subordinates of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO): Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Defence Research and Development Lab (DRDL), Missile Research and Development Complex; Solid State Physics Laboratory; and the four remaining subordinates of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO): Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (SPROB), Sriharikota Space Centre (SHAR), and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). 

It is worth recalling that India is a partner in the US Missile Defense program, which has a space-based component. 

This is just part of Obama’s commitment to moving India into the realm of a de jure nuclear weapon power and bolstering its nuclear capability. All this is being done despite the well-documented Indian proliferation record by US think tanks. It is also yet another example of Obama’s contradictory nuclear policy which is helping to up the level of nuclear armed race in Asia.

 Dr. Mazari is the CEO of Strategic Technology Resources, an independent Pakistani research organization. Reach her at callstr[at]


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