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    India, Pak all set for more nuclear tests...

    Pakistan is believed to have made all preparations to carry out its seventh nuclear test in the Chagai Hills.

    The Pakistan Observer, an English-language daily published from Islamabad, has said that the preparations come in the wake of intelligence reports that "India is all set for a hydrogen bomb explosion (sic) in Pokhran very soon".

    According to the paper, Pakistan will then sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, thus neutralising the world's adverse reaction.

    Quoting diplomatic sources in Islamabad, the paper said "some spy satellites operating in the region had also picked up pictures showing both India and Pakistan's preparations in this regard".

    Pakistan's seventh nuclear test will be based on plutonium instead of enriched uranium. The 1998 tests were based on uranium.

    About 20kg of uranium is required for one nuclear device. By contrast, only 6kg plutonium is needed for a device, the paper said.

    The paper claimed that by making the first move of testing a hydrogen bomb and signing the CTBT, India wanted to gain the benefits of being the first signatory of the treaty from the subcontinent.

    Pakistan needs urgent assistance from the International Monetary Fund, but that will only be possible if it signs the CTBT.

    Pakistan will have to pay at least $5 billion in January 2001 as loan repayment instalments if it fails to reach an agreement with the IMF soon. In the background of all this, conducting a nuclear test and then signing the CTBT seems like a profitable proposition to Islamabad, the paper said.

    Pakistan has built a plutonium production reactor of about 50MW capacity at Khushab. The reactor was completed long ago, but was not loaded with fuel. The reactor will produce about 15kg of plutonium each year, enough for two to three bombs.

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    #2
    Yeah, look like a race. LOL

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    Sarfraz Khan

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      #3
      Wonder if India will also sign the CTBT as well? Seems like a very clever move by our (now all-powerful) CE??

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        #4
        Clever move by CE?
        kmailik,
        these kind of preparations require more than an year. So the move, whether clever or not, is not likely to be made by the General.

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          #5
          Elegencia...

          CGS, COAS, General Pervez Musharraf may have only been the all-powerful CE for only 7 months (since Oct 1999) BUT he has been the COAS since Oct 1998 - that 1 year and 7 months under my count! - and don't expect us to believe that yellow-belly Nawaz would have made such a decision...LOL!

          [This message has been edited by kmailik (edited May 16, 2000).]

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            #6
            What pakistani people do and need is a front man to praise(CE)"the all powerful" and a front man to blame, and now its the yellow belly nawaz...
            The questions remains that after signing the CTBT, what the all powerfull CE will do. What the people need is some economic relife, going for nuclear blasts and signing CTBT is not backed up by the masses.As assumed by the CE that he has 64% popular support. And while he(CE) is claiming that he is working on a long term slutions, he is acting like providing short term remedial steps. Signing the CTBT and gettiing more loans is a clear indication.

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              #7
              Mini-Me - the CE is taking long-term steps for Pakistan's future... the people of Pakistan are not asking for elections or timetables for democracy. They are demanding an end to the economic rut that we are stuck in. It is as a result of huge economic mismanagement (and corruption) by so-called democrats in the last 11 years, AND the negative international economic pressure since the last tests, THAT PAKISTAN IS NOW STUCK IN THIS ECONOMIC MESS.

              Solving the nuclear tests/CTBT problem will at least reduce SOME of the foreign economic pressure, and will make it easier for PAK to sort out the mismnagement of the economy. I believe that Pakistan should have signed the CTBT after the last tests, as this would have blunted the West's reaction (and economic pressure) and put the onus on India. Belatedly the CE seems to following this road - unless India beats him to it (more tests that is)- which would be even better for PAK.

              [This message has been edited by kmailik (edited May 16, 2000).]

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                #8
                Why do we need another explosion, and then sign the CTBT? what difference would this explosion make?
                if we are going to sign the CTBT...why not do it now and be on a higher moral ground viz a viz india..

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