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    Pakistan Has Secretly Built Up Nuclear Arsenal

    http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/hehe.gif Oops, what happened to U.S spies http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/hehe.gif
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...308724,00.html

    PAKISTANI scientists have secretly been working round the clock for the past three years to accelerate production of weapons-grade uranium for atomic warheads. According to a leading Pakistani nuclear physicist, the country could have more warheads than previously thought.

    Pakistan successfully tested a ballistic surface-to-surface missile yesterday for the second day running, increasing tension with its nuclear rival, India, and once again proving that it also has the means to deliver its weapons.

    On the other side of the border, Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Indian Prime Minister, said his country’s patience with Islamic militant attacks was running out: “There is a limit to our patience,” he said in a national television address.

    Pervez Hoodbhoy, professor of nuclear physics at Quaid-e-Azam university in Islamabad, told The Times: “The scientists have been working in three shifts over the past three years since the Kargil conflict.” Dr Hoodbhoy said there were clear indications that the nuclear warheads were already in place on missiles.

    “We are much closer to a nuclear confrontation with India than at any other time,” he said.

    The disclosure raised the possibility that Pakistan could assemble more nuclear warheads than the estimated 30 to 50. Each warhead is thought to have the same explosive power as the US atomic weapon dropped over Hiroshima in 1945. Reports say that India has already taken its warheads out of storage to be fitted to delivery systems.

    Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, leaves for the region today to try to ease tensions and to open dialogue. He will propose establishing greater contact between Islamabad and New Delhi to avoid either side accidentally triggering a nuclear holocaust.

    President Bush appealed to President Musharraf to “show results” by clamping down on attacks in India by militants from Pakistan. Mr Musharraf, who is due to deliver a televised address to the Pakistani people today, said that he had acted to stop all military actions and insisted he was not looking for confrontation with India. But he also vowed to defend himself if attacked.

    In an interview with the Washington Post, he accused India of trying to “destabilise me, my Government and Pakistan” in the past weeks and gave warning that if war broke out “we’ll take the offensive into Indian territory”.

    India, which outnumbers Pakistan in conventional and nuclear weapons, paid particularly close attention to the missile tests over the weekend.

    Pakistan successfully tested a short-range Ghaznavi missile capable of hitting targets 180 miles away yesterday. On Saturday it tested a Ghauri missile with a range of 950 miles. It is widely expected to test fire its long range Shaheen 2 missile, which can reach targets 1,800 miles away.

    “The flight data indicated that all design parameters have been successfully validated,” a military spokesman said. The development is said to have enhanced Pakistan’s tactical nuclear strike capability.

    The Ghauri missile is capable of hitting Delhi, Bombay and other major Indian cities, while the Ghaznavi, according to defence experts, could be used against the Indian forces on the front line. “Ghaznavi underscores Pakistan’s capability for tactical nuclear strike,” a defence analyst said.

    The tests were conducted in defiance of an appeal by President Bush and President Putin who, on Saturday, expressed concern over the missile launches and urged Mr Musharraf to halt raids into Indian-controlled territory.

    Pakistan welcomed Mr Putin’s suggestion for a meeting between Indian and Pakistani leaders in Kazakhstan next month. Pakistani officials said that President Musharraf was prepared for talks with Indian leaders “anytime, anywhere”.

    Pakistan insisted that the missile tests were routine. “The tests were merely a technical requirement and it should not be seen as an offensive measure,” Nisar Memon, the Minister for Information, said. Nevertheless, the timing was a defiant gesture that added to world alarm.

    Long Live Pakistan http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/ok.gif

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    I am quite sure that if the US intelligence agencies do have more accurate figures for the Paki arsenal, it would not compromise those who provided such inforamtion by publishing the correct figures. Now, then, your scientists have been working in three shifts over three years to mutually incinerate Pakistan and India. You have the technical ability, does Pakistan have the strategic and moral capability to handle the awesome responsibilty. The US and the Soviet Union had the benefit of a period of time and space, ie. the Atlantic, to evolve through our difficult brinksmanship. First there were weapons that could only be delivered by bombers and repulsed by fighters. Then, rocketry and ballistics gradually progressed to the point where the ocean could be crossed. All this was over 20 years or so after the technical hurdle of making the infernal things was cleared.

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      #3
      Tomasso, why doesn't USA and Russia give up their nukes? Why do they need them?

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        #4
        Jimmy, there are those who have thought better of the terrible destructive power of these. Even the brilliant scientists at the time of the first test made some chilling remarks, quoting an Indian epic, to the effect of "I am the destroyer of worlds" and it was not meant in an arrogant frame of mind. It was rueful. There are also those who believed that these kept the peace, but at certain intervals they approached the nullification of this. This whole dynamic of balance of power, threats from other corners and the fact that if both sides were stripped of them, would China disarm. The better informed south asians are about the history of these weapons outside of their countries, the better off you are.

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          #5
          There is already a discussion going on this.
          Any way reported by Times: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...308724,00.html
          May 27, 2002

          Pakistan has secretly built up nuclear arsenal
          From Zahid Hussain in Islamabad

          PAKISTANI scientists have secretly been working round the clock for the past three years to accelerate production of weapons-grade uranium for atomic warheads. According to a leading Pakistani nuclear physicist, the country could have more warheads than previously thought.

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            #6
            Originally posted by TOMASSO:
            I am quite sure that if the US intelligence agencies do have more accurate figures for the Paki arsenal, it would not compromise those who provided such inforamtion by publishing the correct figures.
            There's no doubt, U.S is keeping her eyes at Pak Nukes. Proof, Americans didn't give Pakistan, around 30 F-16's, because you people know Pakistan has changed the techonolgy in F-16's plane as it got from U.S for the very first time. After that, American imposed sanctions on Pakistan in 1991.

            Now, then, your scientists have been working in three shifts over three years to mutually incinerate Pakistan and India.
            India has always been our enemy. No doubt about that. You can imagine that by listening to their interviews at CNN, BBC, Solo etc.

            You have the technical ability, does Pakistan have the strategic and moral capability to handle the awesome responsibilty.
            Yes, why not! Pakistan can handle these Nuclear Assests, which are located in UNDISCLOSE areas. Currently, Pakistan tested missiles, which targeted in Undisclose places. http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/wink.gif

            Live & Let Live

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              #7
              The reason I ask that last question is that the situation between India and Pakistan has evolved quite differently than other nuclear rivals. This is obvious but it matters a great deal. The only other two countries sharing a common border armed similiarly are China and Russia. They had a common ideology of sorts, too. The evolution between the sub-continental powers is more unstable, heated and possibly the most tenuous that has thus far been seen. Step back and look at it in historical perspective. As more countries go this route, the more dangerous the chance of exchange becomes. America and the Soviets and to a lesser extent, China were going through their respective growth periods all during the Cold War. This put some counterbalance to the desire for confrontation then. Does India and Pakistan have more similarities or differences in these areas?

              [This message has been edited by TOMASSO (edited May 27, 2002).]

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