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Nuclear Deterrence – Necessity or Compulsion?

Posted by yourpakistan on December 6, 2014

Pakistan Nuclear Deterrence

Zain Ul Abedin Qasmani – PKKH

Sometimes we have to perceive things from an entirely contradictory point of view of the general opinion. Pakistan’s nuclear capacity is one of the highly debated issues in the world both inside and outside the country. A recent report from an American think tank about Pakistan’s growing nuclear arsenal has brought the issue further criticism and denunciation. According to the report, Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear arsenal with enough fissile material to increase its existing stash of 120 missiles to over 200 by the year 2020. Ironically, this report has come from a country that has an existing arsenal of over 8,000 warheads. But let us move on to the bigger picture and discuss the reasons, as to why the Pakistani military is relatively inclined towards improving its nuclear arsenal instead of giving the conventional argument.

Firstly, it is surprising to see that most of the Pakistanis themselves are against Pakistan’s growing nuclear stockpile. Rightly so, because there are certain aspects that need to be addressed before the military further expands its nuclear cache. Some of the key grievances of the common populace about the aforementioned issue are highlighted as follows:

Excess military budget
The threat of a nuclear war
The danger of warheads falling into the hands of radical terrorist organizations
Unneeded focus on improving military equipment instead of concentrating on socioeconomic and political ills in the country

Let us try to discuss and answer all the queries from the above issues with a neutral approach. Read the rest of this entry »


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Securing Pakistan’s Nukes

Posted by yourpakistan on November 9, 2011

How will the US-led world deal with Pakistan’s real strength – the patriotic and committed force of thousands of qualified and experienced scientists, engineers, other professionals associated with Pakistan’s nuclear programme? Will all be eliminated/incarcerated at Guantanomo Base or a similar one elsewhere?

By Brig Imran Malik – Opinion Maker

Defanging Pakistan by dismantling her nuclear programme must rank as one of US’ most fervent yet unfulfilled wishes and hitherto unattained strategic interests! Western media interest in Pakistan’s nukes remains unrelenting, uncompromising, sensational, wishful and largely ill-informed. A good example could be the recent article “The Ally from Hell” in The Atlantic magazine. Pakistan and the US have many converging and almost an equal number of divergent and even clashing strategic interests though Pakistan’s nuclear program tops that list. Pakistan’s nuclear program does not fit in with the US’ view of the world, of Asia and in particular her view of South Asia and the Middle East. The reasons are manifold, diverse and well known. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistani Nukes are ‘Very Hard Targets’: Musharraf

Posted by yourpakistan on November 7, 2011


Former Pakistan President and Army Chief Pervez Musharraf has ruled out the possibility that Pakistan’s nuclear warheads were susceptible to attacks or theft from either the Americans or religious extremists.

“I don’t think it is possible, from my military perspective, for anyone, including the United States to attack Pakistan’s nuclear weapons that easily,” he said. Musharraf, speaking on a recorded CNN talk show GPS, said that “they [nuclear weapons] are very well dispersed and they are in very strong positions. And, also guarded.” The show is due to be aired on Sunday.

When the host asked Musharraf about the process by which the warheads were moved, Musharraf said that while he was never given a “running commentary” about the movement, there were locations where the warheads were held and there were forces (the Strategic Plans Division) to look after them.

Asked whether Musharraf, during his time in power as head of the armed forces and Pakistan, was he satisfied with the level of security and the possibility of attack, or theft? The General answered that in his professional opinion, he did not believe the United States or anyone could attack them, “as simple as Osama bin Laden action”. He described the warheads as “very hard targets” in “places which are not accessible”.

The only scenario in which Musharraf saw the warheads falling into the hands of extremists was if religious extremists were to become the head of government, with the likelihood of that being remote. “I don’t think so. I don’t – at the moment, religious parties don’t even have four – they just have about three or four per cent of the total seats. And I don’t see that happening in the near future,” he said.

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Applying International Law To Isolate Nuclear Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on June 22, 2011

Click here to open the Policy Brief     Applying International Law To Isolate Nuclear Pakistan in PDF format

Pakistani diplomacy made a sudden U-turn in September 2008 when Islamabad’s diplomats to the IAEA failed to oppose a waiver to India to conduct nuclear commerce despite it being a non-signatory country to NPT. This Pakistani position stunned strong anti-proliferation states such as Ireland and Norway who were counting on Pakistan to take a lead. China tried to raise questions on the Indian waiver but relented in the end. Pakistan must not repeat the mistake in 2011. The NSG has agreed to consider India’s membership in its plenary session in the third week of June 2011. Pakistan needs to bolster its diplomacy and sensitize the world public opinion as to how a handful of powerful countries are shifting power from nuclear nonproliferation conventions to ‘supplier cartels’ like the NSG that have no legal standing. These cartels are using a discriminatory approach in granting exemptions and waivers to select countries, such as India, while simultaneously ensuring profits from future nuclear trade.

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Pakistan beats India in Nukes Too

Posted by yourpakistan on January 2, 2011

Pakistan tested Nuclear bombs in response to the Clinton inspired explosions conducted by Delhi. Pakistan has embarked on a program of minimum deterrence. This involves thwarting the Bharati Cold Start Strategy in its tracks, and keeping the Bharati forces at bay. The deterrence has worked not once, but on three occasions, in 1998, 2002 and in 2008. Bharati forces arrayed on the Pakistani border could not cross the border and had to withdraw in ignominy with their tails between their legs. These three retreats are not part of the Bharati narrative and most Bharatis have selective amnesia about them.

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Reuters quoting an August 2010 report “The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists” describes the fact that Pakistan has more Nuclear Bombs and missiles than India. Most analysts believe that Pakistan has more than 300 Nuclear bombs. The National Intelligence Estimate for Afghanistan and Pakistan in December 2008 said ”Pakistan was producing nuclear weapons at a faster rate than any other country in the world.”

The Reuters story states that “The Indians who conducted a nuclear test as early as 1974, thus,may be behind not just the Chinese, but also Pakistan in terms of the number of warheads, fissile material and delivery systems.” Pakistan’s Nuclear Program is growing exponentially because of the numerical superiority of Bharati forces, the US pacts with Delhi and other such factors. Pakistan has circumvented the Bharati dreams of superiority by mining its own indigenous Uranium, signing Civilian Nuclear deals with China and developing the most potent missile systems on the planet. All these factor provide it with deterrence that is unbeatable.

Reuters also reports that “The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in a report in August 2010 estimated that India had assembled 60 to 80 warheads and produced enough fissile material for 60-105 nuclear warheads. Pakistan is estimated to have assembled 70–90 warheads and produced missile material for as many as 90 warheads. China’s arsenal was estimated at 240 nuclear warheads.”

Reuters reports that “India and Pakistan exchanged a list of each other’s nuclear installations on Saturday like they have done at the start of each year under a 1988 pact in which the two sides agreed not to attack these facilities. That is the main confidence building measure in the area of nuclear security between the two countries, even though their nuclear weapons programmes have expanded significantly since then. Indeed for some years now there is a growing body of international opinion that holds that Pakistan has stepped up production of fissile material, and may just possibly hold more nuclear weapons than its much larger rival, India.”


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Pakistan Steps Up New Nuclear Construction

Posted by yourpakistan on October 6, 2010

By Shaun Tandon (AFP)

Pakistan appears to have stepped up construction of a new atomic reactor that could help the country produce easier-to-deliver nuclear weapons, a US research institute said. Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is one of the most sensitive topics for the United States as it tries to improve relations with its frontline partner in the campaign against Islamic extremism.

The Institute for Science and International Security, a private US group which is critical of nuclear weapons, said Tuesday it observed progress at Pakistan’s tightly guarded Khushab site which is key to plutonium production. In a September satellite image of the site in Punjab province, the institute said it observed a completed row of mechanical draft cooling towers at a third reactor, where construction began in 2006.

It marks a faster pace than for the second reactor, where such towers appeared after six years of construction, it said.
“Based on what I see in the image, it wouldn’t surprise me if they started it up in 2011,” said Paul Brannan, a senior analyst at the institute. The institute noticed steam from the second reactor in a December 31 image, indicating it was running. It did not see steam in the latest image, but said reactors were not operated continuously during early phases and that weather conditions may have reduced visibility.

Pakistan declared itself a nuclear weapons state in 1998, days after its historic rival India carried out similar atom bomb tests. Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal originally was based on highly enriched uranium. Western analysts believe that China initially assisted Pakistan in developing Khushab nuclear site to produce plutonium, which can be miniaturized for cruise missiles — presumably aimed at India. “Plutonium bombs give the ability to make smaller, lighter or more powerful weapons, and also more deliverable weapons, and I suspect that’s what Pakistan wants,” Brannan said.

Pakistan, which experts estimate now has up to 100 nuclear weapons, has been adamant that its nuclear weapons are in safe hands and President Barack Obama has publicly concurred. But the United States hinted at its frustration on Tuesday at the United Nations, where Pakistan has blocked a resumption of negotiations for an agenda in global nuclear disarmament talks. Pakistan opposes a proposed Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty, which would limit access to highly enriched uranium and plutonium used to make nuclear weapons.

Pakistan believes the treaty would lock in a nuclear imbalance in favor of India, with which it has fought three full-fledged wars since independence in 1947. Rose Gottemoeller, the US assistant secretary of state in charge of arms control, warned “our patience will not last forever.”

“I have to tell you that I expressed some disappointment at the fact that the conference on disarmament over the last years has been less energetic in terms of pursuing its overall agenda,” she told reporters. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, visiting Washington in April for a nuclear security summit, said his country had tight control over its weapons and urged the United States to offer civilian nuclear cooperation of the type it has with India.

Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund which supports a nuclear weapons-free world, said that the current safety of Pakistan’s arsenal was not the issue. “It’s the security of the government that worries me. If the government falls that’s when the nightmare comes,” Cirincione said. “American politicians and policymakers live in a constant state of denial about Pakistan. They see a mess and then they look away and pretend it’s all going to get better somehow,” he said.

The United States is the only nation to have dropped an atomic bomb in combat but Obama has set a goal of an eventual world without nuclear weapons.

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Dr. Abdul Kadeer Khan – Aik Din Geo Kay Sath

Posted by yourpakistan on June 20, 2010

Geo’s Sohail Waraich did an episode with Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan in Aik Din Geo Kay Sath. I have to acknowledge it was a sad program. The authorities did not allow the program to be recorded inside his home. As a result, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan left the house, went to Kohsar Market Islamabad and recorded the program sitting on a foothpath (yes a foothpath).

Even more sad was how he expressed his feelings. He said the intention in giving Pakistan nuclear bomb was to give pakistan a deterrent so that Pakistan could better focus on strengthening its core issues of education, economy etc. He said he did this to prevent another 71 mishap with Pakistan. He said he knows the psychology of Hindus because he has lived with them and they will always try to damage and hurt Pakistan whenever they get a slightest chance, that is why he wanted to make Pakistan stronger.

He also said after what has happened with him he has vowed never to give another solution for Pakistan and its problems. Regrettably, he said his biggest regret has been working for Pakistani nation.

Now, perhaps, it is a moment of realization for us as a nation. Are we truly respecting and rewarding our heroes, like they expect and they deserve? I believe, this hero of Pakistan has a great grudge in his heart and he is really heart broken, undoubtedly we at individual and national level need to question ourselves. Lets raise our voice and love for him. Lets not let him die regretting working for Pakistan and Pakistani nation.

Source: PKKH

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