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  • rvikz
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    Pakistan pins hopes on US intervention: Nuclear fuel for India

    By Our Staff Correspondent


    WASHINGTON, Feb 19: Pakistani diplomats here hope that the Bush administration will seriously
    pursue the issue of nuclear fuel supplies to India by the Russian Federation that was underlined by the
    State Department last week.

    In a statement on Friday, the State Department had expressed concern over the shipment of the fuel
    for India's Tarapur plant despite the fact that Moscow was a party to an agreement not to export such
    material to other countries.

    The statement said the shipment, together with Russia's sensitive nuclear assistance to Iran, "raises
    serious questions about Russia's support for the goal of preventing nuclear proliferation".

    Pakistan ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, asked to comment on the State Department statement, said on
    Monday it contained what Pakistan considered to be "very important elements" and "appropriately
    calls for cancellation of the supply arrangement".

    The ambassador said Pakistan had long sought to alert and sensitize the international community about
    the foreign, primarily Russian, assistance to the development of India's conventional and nuclear
    capabilities and unrestrained build-up. The US statement "reaffirms that reality".

    She hoped the issue would be pursued with the seriousness that it deserved as supplies of such
    sensitive materials and technologies could only serve to destabilize the security environment in South
    Asia and fuel India's expansive nuclear weapons programme, "which poses a threat to regional
    stability".


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  • TySoN
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    I think what really scares the americanos's is not the fact that pakistan and India might end up testing there missile technology on each other's territory but the fact that nuclear wepons technolgy proliferation might occur throughout the islamic countries thereby negating the authority of the americans.

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  • Akif
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    With due apologies, this rubbish is outsourced from the tabloid paper, India Abroad.

    Pakistani nukes are in safe hands...and are way way better manned and controlled than India's. Pakistan has a way better command and control setup than does India.

    These blank flares tossed in the air by the CIA and caught by India Abroad are nothing but rubbish. Thumbs down to Dawn for reproducing a flimsy story from a totally discredited source (India abroad).

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  • rvikz
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    what is puzzling is why radical elements in pakistan is preventing dispersment of nukes.
    what they have to do with deployment of weapons?

    uclear arms security worries CIA

    By Our Staff Correspondent


    WASHINGTON, Feb 15: The Central Intelligence Agency's "continuing paranoia about a possible
    nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan over Kashmir is largely prompted by fears about the
    compromised security of Islamabad's nuclear weapons storage sites" , says a report in a New
    York-based magazine, quoting "senior intelligence sources".

    The sources reportedly told India Abroad that though all the six such storage sites were under military
    control, the military could not shift weapons from at least three of them to more secure sites because
    of opposition from Islamic radical elements, who knew of them and had at least on one occasion in the
    past thwarted their movement.

    It is this apprehension that prompted the CIA to warn about the possibility of a nuclear war between
    India and Pakistan, even though New Delhi had scoffed at these contentions and the painting of
    Armageddon scenarios, the sources said.

    Last week, CIA Director George Tenet, appearing before the Senate Select Committee on
    Intelligence (already reported in Dawn ) had said: "Relations between India and Pakistan remain
    volatile, making the risk of war between the two nuclear-armed adversaries unacceptably high."

    He said since India enjoyed a significant advantage over Pakistan in most areas of conventional
    defence preparedness, Pakistan, as a result, "relies heavily on its nuclear weapons for deterrence".

    The India Abroad report says intelligence sources said that in the early 1990s, the US was cognizant
    of the serious consideration by India's nuclear establishment and the country's army to take out
    Pakistan's nuclear weapons with a strike reminiscent of Israel's strike against Iraq's alleged nuclear
    weapons plant.

    The sources said they too were convinced, as were the Indians, that Pakistan's weapons facilities
    could have been destroyed with one strike, but not before Pakistan launched a reactive strike at one
    of India's major cities.


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  • HAFEEZ
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    Nuclear strikes

    Found the following very bemusing ..Does this imply that the us and india were in close collaboration with a view to destroying pakistan's nuclear capabilities???

    Do they still have sinister plans up their sleeves now that it is becoming evident that pakistan is leaving india behind in missile technology??

    'India planned air strikes on Pak N-sites in early 90s'

    By Amir Mateen

    WASHINGTON: India planned air strikes against Pakistan's nuclear sites in the early 1990s on the pattern of Israel's attack against Iraq's alleged nuclear weapons plant.

    A report published in a local Indian magazine, India Abroad, cited both US and Indian sources that the US was cognizant of the serious consideration by India's nuclear establishment and its army to take out Pakistan's nuclear weapons with "a single shot."

    It claims that both the Americans and the Indians were convinced that Pakistan's nuclear weapons facilities could be destroyed with one strike, but not before Pakistan launched a reactive strike at one of India's major cities.

    It quotes an unnamed former senior Indian government official, who was reportedly involved in India's nuclear weapons programme, confirming that such a strike had indeed been seriously considered and that the Indian military had convinced the government that it could do it. But what had thwarted such an attack was the inability of the military and the nuclear establishment to give the political establishment an iron guarantee that a Pakistani reactive nuclear strike could be prevented and that no major cities in India would be affected, says the report.

    "The Indian army just could not give that assurance," the Indian official turned academic was quoted as saying. He recalled that the possible "horrific scenario", of a city like Mumbai being in the path of a Pakistani attack and leading to the panic exodus of millions of people had resulted in the military's plan being vetoed by the political powers that be.

    The story suggests that the CIA's paranoia about a possible nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan over Kashmir is largely prompted by fears about the compromised security of Islamabad's nuclear weapons storage sites.

    It draws a somewhat flimsy scenario saying that all the six such storage sites were under military control, Pakistan's military could not shift weapons from at least three of them to more secure sites "because of opposition from Islamic radical elements, who knew of them and had at least on one occasion in the past thwarted their movement."

    The paper claims that the US is confident about the secure storage of India's nuclear weapons and the secrecy that surrounds their storage sites, but the same can't be said about Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. That the US never expressed such an apprehension has been conveniently ignored by the report.

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