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  • Pakistan 'ready to deliver nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia'

    11/07/2013 1:57:38 AM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/7/2013 | Rob Crilly
    Saudi Arabia has a secret deal with Pakistan offering funding for Islamabad’s nuclear weapons programme in return for access to warheads, according to the BBC’s Newsnight show. Rumours of a deal have long circulated in the Middle East, amid Saudi anxiety at its principal regional rival Iran developing a “Shia bomb”. Fresh details emerged on the eve of talks in Geneva to find a deal on Iran's nuclear capabilities. Citing American intelligence reports and a former Pakistani security officer, the BBC said nuclear weapons made in Pakistan for Saudi Arabia were ready for delivery. However, the Pakistan government dismissed the...
  • Race to the End:Pakistan's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea to develop battlefield nukes

    09/09/2012 1:24:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 5, 2012 | Tom Hundly
    One of the more tenacious conspiracy theories that have taken root in the hothouse of Pakistan's capital is that Osama bin Laden was not killed in the May 2, 2011, Navy SEAL raid on his compound in Abbottabad -- that, in fact, he had already been dead for years, killed in the caves of Tora Bora. According to this theory, the CIA had been keeping bin Laden's corpse on ice, literally, ready to be resurrected at a moment when his "death" could better serve U.S. interests. That moment came when the SEALs decided to conduct a dry run of their...
  • Pakistan: US Men May Have Planned Nuclear Attack

    12/26/2009 10:06:15 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 11 replies · 659+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 26 DECEMBER 2009 | AP
    ISLAMABAD (AP) ― Police are trying to determine whether five Americans detained in Pakistan had planned to attack a complex that houses nuclear power facilities, authorities said Saturday. The young Muslim men, who are from the Washington, D.C., area, were picked up in Pakistan earlier this month in a case that has spurred fears that Westerners are traveling to the South Asian country to join militant groups. Pakistani police and government officials have made a series of escalating and, at times, seemingly contradictory allegations about the men's intentions, while U.S. officials have been far more cautious, though they, too, are...
  • Bomb hits outside suspected Pakistani nuclear-weapons site (Al Qaeda trying to get material?)

    10/23/2009 3:46:39 PM PDT · by onehitfrag · 3 replies · 309+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 10-23-09 | Saeed Shah
    A suicide bomber attacked a suspected nuclear-weapons site Friday in Pakistan, raising fears about the security of the nuclear arsenal, while two other terrorist blasts made it another bloody day in the country’s struggle against extremism. Increasingly daring and sophisticated attacks by terrorists allied with al Qaida on some of Pakistan’s most sensitive and best-protected installations have led to warnings that extremists could damage a nuclear facility or seize nuclear material. Pakistan's nuclear sites are mostly in the northwest of the country, close to the capital, Islamabad, to keep them
  • Security of Pakistan nuclear weapons questioned

    10/12/2009 8:15:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 617+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/12/2009 | Chris Brummitt and Pamela Hess
    An audacious weekend assault by Islamic militants on Pakistan's army headquarters is again raising fears of an insurgent attack on the country's nuclear weapons installation. Pakistan has sought to protect its nuclear weapons from attack by the Taliban or other militants by storing the warheads, detonators and missiles separately in facilities patrolled by elite troops. Analysts are divided on how secure these weapons are. Some say the weapons are less secure than they were five years ago, and Saturday's attack would show a "worrisome" overconfidence by the Pakistanis. While complex security is in place, much depends on the Pakistani army...
  • Pakistan Nukes At Risk

    07/01/2009 7:12:43 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 8 replies · 518+ views ^ | 7/1/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    Taliban terrorists know where some of Pakistan's nuclear weapons are stored based on information from allies inside the country's national security forces. A military source tells HUMAN EVENTS the Taliban and al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan's western frontier have ties to elements of the Pakistan army and Inter-Services Intelligence. The ISI helped put the Taliban in power in Afghanistan in 1996s. Its agents have helped it carry out attacks, including the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul. It is through these contacts that the Taliban and its extremist allies know the locations of some nuclear warheads. Pakistan is believed...
  • Nuclear Nightmare

    06/22/2009 5:45:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 844+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 22, 2009
    Nuclear Proliferation: Al-Qaida says it will use Pakistan's nuclear weapons against the U.S. if it ever gets the chance. We're not surprised. Nor would we be surprised if it eventually got the opportunity."God willing, the (Pakistani) nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans, and the mujahedeen would take them and use them against the Americans." So says Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, al-Qaida's top commander in Afghanistan, where the terror group has found a friend and ally in the Taliban. If you think 9/11 was bad, just wait until al-Qaida gets a nuke, which is not as far-fetched...
  • Al Qaeda says would use Pakistani nuclear weapons

    06/21/2009 2:19:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies · 701+ views
    Al Qaeda says would use Pakistani nuclear weapons 21 Jun 2009 21:01:19 GMT Source: Reuters By Inal Ersan DUBAI, June 21 (Reuters) - If it were in a position to do so, Al Qaeda would use Pakistan's nuclear weapons in its fight against the United States, a top leader of the group said in remarks aired on Sunday. Pakistan has been battling al Qaeda's Taliban allies in the Swat Valley since April after their thrust into a district 100 km (60 miles) northwest of the capital raised fears the nuclear-armed country could slowly slip into militant hands. "God willing, the...
  • Could the Taliban or Al-Qaede in Pakistan already have one or more of Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons?

    05/17/2009 10:42:39 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 12 replies · 1,547+ views
    Vanity | 17 May 2009 | Trueblackman
    Could our worst nightmare in the War on Terror could now be possible true? Does Al-Qeade or the Taliban have one or more bombs from Pakistan's Arsenal? I was thinking about how naive the Obama White House has been when it comes to the War on Terror, but the last 2 weeks has brought forth this major concern. It began some two weeks ago, when the Obama White House and State Department publicly became embittered at the fact that Pakistan's civilian leader would not tell them the location or in what condition Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal happens to be and I...
  • U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban

    05/14/2009 3:56:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 925+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The United States has a detailed plan for infiltrating Pakistan and securing its mobile arsenal of nuclear warheads if it appears the country is about to fall under the control of the Taliban, Al Qaeda or other Islamic extremists. American intelligence sources say the operation would be conducted by Joint Special Operations Command, the super-secret commando unit headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. JSOC is the military's chief terrorists hunting squad and has units now operating in Afghanistan on Pakistan's western border. But a secondary mission is to secure foreign nuclear arsenals -- a role for which JSOC operatives have trained...
  • Delhi Thinks Pakistan's Nuclear Sites in Radical Hands: Indian PM Tells Obama- "Pakistan is lost."

    05/16/2009 8:49:16 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 45 replies · 1,549+ views
    Debkafiles ^ | May 16, 2009, 1:57 PM | Gioria Shamis and Diane Shalem
    The important Times of India quotes DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive report of Friday, May 15, which revealed that Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh had warned US president Barack Obama that Pakistan's nuclear sites in North West Frontier Province areas that are Taliban-al Qaeda strongholds are already partly in the hands of Islamic extremists. He told Obama: "Pakistan is lost." DEBKA listed the locations of those nuclear sites and illustrated them with a special map. Singh's Congress Party has meanwhile won a second term in India's general election, according to exit polls Saturday, May 16. The Times of India goes on to cite...
  • ‘France to Provide Pakistan Nuke Technology’

    05/15/2009 7:21:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,079+ views
    Sindh Today ^ | May 15th, 2009
    France has agreed to provide Pakistan with civilian nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, state-owned PTV reported Friday, quoting Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. According to Qureshi, France has expressed its readiness for cooperating with Pakistan in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The affirmation came during President Asif Ali Zardari’s discussions with his French counterpart Nicholas Sarkozy. Further negotiations on this will be held in July this year, Qureshi said. Zardari, who is on his first visit to France after assuming office, Friday held extensive discussions on a wide range of bilateral issues. The two leaders reviewed bilateral ties, the...
  • India thinks some Pakistani N-sites already in radical hands: Report

    05/15/2009 1:08:17 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 56 replies · 1,745+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 16 May 2009, 0120 hrs IST | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told President Obama that nuclear sites in Pakistan's restive frontier province are "already partly" in the hands of Islamic extremists, an Israeli journal has said, amid considerable anxiety among US pundits here over Washington's confidence in the security of the troubled nation's nuclear arsenal. Claims about the high-level exchange between New Delhi and Washington were made in the Debka, a journal said to have close ties with Israeli intelligence, under the headline "Singh warns Obama: Pakistan is lost." The brief story said the Indian prime minister had named Pakistani nuclear sites in the...
  • ‘Pakistan Making More N-Weapons’

    05/15/2009 12:23:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 929+ views
    The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has confirmed reports that Pakistan is increasing its nuclear weapons programme. The confirmation came during a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on Thursday when Democrat senator Jim Webb, an expert on defence issues, raised fears that Pakistan is adding to the nuclear weapons it traditionally has pointed toward India, and questioned whether US aid could be funding it. Noting reports that Pakistan "may be actually adding on their weapon systems and warheads" Webb asked: "Do you have any evidence of that?" "Yes," Mullen answered. The US has urged...
  • Nuclear Pakistan brings Taliban threat home

    05/07/2009 7:59:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 337+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Tuesday, May 5, 2009. | Editorial
    How horrible, fantastic it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing." - British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, 1938 What on Earth is going on over in Pakistan? And what does it have to do with life in America ... The Munich Crisis of 1938 provides that case in point where the problems of a quarrel in a far away place can come home to every one of us. Ask any veteran of World War II if they thought they had...
  • Obama Must Press Zardari on Nukes: Lugar

    05/06/2009 9:01:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 509+ views
    Dawn ^ | Thursday, 07 May, 2009
    US President Barack Obama must press visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to accept more help in securing US aid to secure his country's nuclear arsenal, a top senator said Wednesday. ‘He must convince President Zardari to accept more assistance and embrace cooperation,’ said Republican Senator Richard Lugar, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Lugar, a leading US foreign policy voice, cited global concerns that unrest in Pakistan could lead to its nuclear weapons, or the raw materials for chemical or biological weapons, ‘falling into the wrong hands.’ ‘President Obama must use this opportunity to gain clarification...
  • US concerned over Pakistan's nukes: Clinton

    04/25/2009 7:31:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,100+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/25/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is currently safe, but Washington has "concerns" over what could happen if the advancing Taliban topples the government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with Fox News. The security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is "an issue that we have very adamant assurances about from the Pakistani military and government. We've done a lot of work over the years evaluating that," Clinton told Fox News in an interview in Baghdad. "I think that the current thinking of our government is that it is safe," she said, according to a transcript of the...
  • N-weapons are safe from Taliban: PM

    04/24/2009 9:02:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 772+ views
    Daily Tmes ^ | 4/25/09
    Pakistan’s military can stop Taliban who are closing in on the capital, and the nation’s nuclear weapons are safe, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the National Assembly on Friday. Gilani spoke for the first time about the safety of the country’s nuclear weapons since the recent surge of the Taliban, while addressing parliamentarians. “If anybody challenges the writ of the government ... we will react,” said Gilani. On Friday, the president also assured separate gatherings in Sialkot district that Pakistan’s nuclear assets were safe. Gilani said that troops could handle the situation.
  • (Pakistani scientist)A Q Khan offered Osama N-weapons before 9/11

    12/14/2008 6:51:32 PM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies · 752+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 14 Dec 2008 | PTI
    Barely a month before the 9/11 terror attacks, two Pakistani nuclear scientists, said to be close to disgraced Abdul Qadeer Khan, met up with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and offered to supply him with atomic weapons, according to a newly released book Chaudiri Abdul Majeed and Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, who held a series of senior posts in Pakistani nuke programme, went to Taliban headquarters in Kandahar in mid-August 2001 and spent three days with bin Laden who was keen on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, the book says. In fact, Mahmood was said to be more close to Khan,...
  • RED ALERT - Possible Geopolitical Consequences of the Mumbai Attacks

    11/27/2008 6:20:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,705+ views
    Stratfor ^ | November 26, 2008
    Summary If the Nov. 26 attacks in Mumbai were carried out by Islamist militants as it appears, the Indian government will have little choice, politically speaking, but to blame them on Pakistan. That will in turn spark a crisis between the two nuclear rivals that will draw the United States into the fray. Analysis At this point the situation on the ground in Mumbai remains unclear following the militant attacks of Nov. 26. But in order to understand the geopolitical significance of what is going on, it is necessary to begin looking beyond this event at what will follow. Though...
  • Pak will not use N-weapons against India first: Zardari

    11/22/2008 7:28:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Hindu ^ | Sunday, November 23, 2008
    Pak will not use N-weapons against India first: Zardari New Delhi (PTI): In a significant confidence building statement, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday declared that his country will not be the first to use nuclear weapons against India and proposed that South Asia should have a "non-nuclear (weapon) treaty". Asserting that Pakistan does not "feel threatened" from India and the latter should also not feel so, he vowed to take the relations with the "great" neighbour to new levels despite "disputes". He said India and Pakistan have a great future together despite "problems" and favoured enhanced trade, particularly...
  • Has the countdown begun? (Former Chief of General Staff of Pakistan Army threatens nuclear war)

    09/20/2008 6:18:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 227+ views ^ | September 21, 2008 | SHAHID AZIZ
    Will US physical entry in to Pakistan actually help in suppressing the resistance to occupation of Afghanistan and bring peace to the region? If yes, let's do it. However, it will only radicalize the population, leaving no other option with Washington but to declare Pakistan a 'rogue state'. The premise for US entry is that Pakistan Army is either incapable or unwilling to 'clean up the mess'. Then, does the US Army plan to do this in conjunction with Pakistan Army or in spite of it? It should now be abundantly clear that joint US-Pakistan ground operations in side our...
  • (Pak) Cleric’s chilling warning to UK (Wants to turn the world force if necessary)

    12/31/2007 4:18:54 AM PST · by Stoat · 21 replies · 154+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | December 31, 2007 | OLIVER HARVEY
      Cleric’s chilling warning to UK   Threat ... Sun man Harvey meets Imam Rehamn   By OLIVER HARVEY Chief Feature Writer in Kahuta, Pakistan Published: Today   A FANATICAL Pakistani cleric told The Sun yesterday of his chilling dream to turn the world Muslim – by force if necessary. Qari Hifzur Rehamn, 60, spoke openly of imposing Islamic law’s stoning and beheading on Britain – as Pakistan was rocked by unrest over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He warned: “We want Islamic law for all Pakistan and then the world. “We would like to do this by preaching....
  • ANALYSIS-"Failed state" Pakistan raises nuclear threat

    12/28/2007 9:41:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 163+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 28, 2007 | Luke Baker
    ANALYSIS-"Failed state" Pakistan raises nuclear threat Fri Dec 28, 2007 11:41am EST By Luke Baker LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Security experts fear Pakistan's nuclear materials could fall into the hands of Islamic militants as the country's instability deepens in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination. In early 2005, a joint security assessment by the CIA and the U.S. National Intelligence Council predicted Pakistan would become "a failed state, ripe with civil war, bloodshed, inter-provincial rivalries and a struggle for control of its nuclear weapons and complete Talibanisation" by 2015. Following Bhutto's death in Rawalpindi on Thursday, some experts believe...
  • Pentagon says Pakistan nuclear arsenal secure

    12/28/2007 12:35:30 PM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 22 replies · 406+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 28th, 2007 | Reuters
    Pakistan's nuclear weapons arsenal is secure despite political turmoil after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, the Pentagon said on Friday. "Our assessment is that the Pakistani nuclear arsenal is under control," said Pentagon spokesman Col. Gary Keck. "At this time, we have no need for concern."
  • Pakistan's Peril--A Nuclear-Armed Jihadist State?--With Bhutto Gone. . . [3 articles]

    12/28/2007 6:59:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies · 205+ views
    Pakistan's Peril   By Jacob | Friday, December 28, 2007 Benazir Bhutto always insisted that she was ready to risk her life for democracy in Pakistan. Now the leader of Pakistan’s People Party (PPP) has been held to her word in a singularly tragic way. On Thursday, Bhutto was assassinated in an apparent suicide attack that claimed the lives of 20 bystanders and ended the iconic politician’s campaign for democratic rule. For good and ill, Bhutto’s career recalled that of her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. As the founder of the nominally socialist PPP, the elder Bhutto demonstrated...
  • Target: Pakistan -- Losing in the West, the jihadis hit Pakistan, with its nuclear prize.

    12/27/2007 10:34:40 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 4 replies · 141+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 28, 2007 | Editorial
    "In Pakistan there are two fault lines. One is dictatorship versus democracy. And one is moderation versus extremism." Thus did Benazir Bhutto describe the politics of her country during an August visit to The Wall Street Journal's offices in New York. She was assassinated yesterday for standing courageously, perhaps fatalistically, on the right side of both lines. We will learn more in coming days about the circumstances of Bhutto's death, apparently a combined shooting and suicide bombing at a political rally in Rawalpindi in which more than 20 others were also murdered. But there's little question the attack, which had...
  • Nukes in Pakistan

    12/27/2007 1:49:44 PM PST · by Degaston · 40 replies · 274+ views
    Anyone know how secure the nuclear weapons in Pakistan will be if anarchy reigns there?
  • Bush handed blueprint to seize Pakistan's nuclear arsenal

    12/01/2007 3:05:38 PM PST · by Gengis Khan · 92 replies · 67+ views
    Guardian ^ | Saturday December 1, 2007 | Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark
    The man who devised the Bush administration's Iraq troop surge has urged the US to consider sending elite troops to Pakistan to seize its nuclear weapons if the country descends into chaos. In a series of scenarios drawn up for Pakistan, Frederick Kagan, a former West Point military historian, has called for the White House to consider various options for an unstable Pakistan. These include: sending elite British or US troops to secure nuclear weapons capable of being transported out of the country and take them to a secret storage depot in New Mexico or a "remote redoubt" inside Pakistan;...
  • Can Pakistan’s nukes get loose?

    11/23/2007 4:35:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 157+ views
    Daily News & Analysis,India ^ | November 21, 2007 | Seema Guha
    Can Pakistan’s nukes get loose? Seema Guha Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Unlikely, say Indian strategic experts. The army is still in control NEW DELHI: Alarm bells about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of jihadi elements in that country have been ringing for quite sometime now. In fact, with the growing Talibanisation of the frontier region of Pakistan, the US and the rest of the Western world have been worried. The New York Times’ recent report about the Bush administration spending up to $1 million to keep Pakistan’s nuclear weapons secure created quite a stir in India. The government...
  • Pakistani nukes already under US control: Report

    11/20/2007 10:26:50 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 66 replies · 474+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 20 Nov 2007, 2028 hrs IST | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Pakistan's nuclear weapons are already under American control even as analysts are working themselves into a lather on the subject, a well-regarded intelligence journal has said. In a stunning disclosure certain to stir up things in Washington's (and in Islamabad and New Delhi's) strategic community, the journal Stratfor reported on Monday that the "United States delivered a very clear ultimatum to Musharraf in the wake of 9/11: Unless Pakistan allowed US forces to take control of Pakistani nuclear facilities, the United States would be left with no choice but to destroy those facilities, possibly with India's help." "This was...
  • US secretly helping Musharraf to guard nukes: report

    11/18/2007 8:56:29 PM PST · by DTAD · 9 replies · 111+ views
    The United States is helping Pakistan keep its nuclear weapons secure in a top-secret program that has cost Washington almost 100 million dollars since 2001, The New York Times reported Sunday. But Pakistan still refuses to allow US experts into its nuclear sites, the newspaper said, revealing information it first obtained three years ago but, due to a White House request, had not reported until now.
  • Pakistan Nuclear Security Questioned: Lack of Knowledge About Arsenal May Limit U.S. Options

    11/12/2007 1:40:17 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies · 106+ views
    WaPo ^ | 11/11/2007 | Joby Warrick
    When the United States learned in 2001 that Pakistani scientists had shared nuclear secrets with members of al-Qaeda, an alarmed Bush administration responded with tens of millions of dollars worth of equipment such as intrusion detectors and ID systems to safeguard Pakistan's nuclear weapons. But Pakistan remained suspicious of U.S. aims and declined to give U.S. experts direct access to the half-dozen or so bunkers where the components of its arsenal of about 50 nuclear weapons are stored. For the officials in Washington now monitoring Pakistan's deepening political crisis, the experience offered both reassurance and grounds for concern. Protection for...
  • Pakistan warns against nuclear weapons grab

    11/12/2007 4:52:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies · 71+ views
    AFX News Limited Pakistan warns against nuclear weapons grab ISLAMABAD Thomson Financial) - Pakistan warned Monday it had sufficient 'retaliatory capacity' to defend its nuclear weapons, after a report the United States had made contingency plans to stop them falling into the wrong hands. Denouncing 'irresponsible conjecture,' the foreign ministry said Pakistan was ready and able to defend its nuclear arsenal and there was no risk of the arms being taken. Its reaction followed a Washington Post (nyse: WPO - news - people ) report that with Pakistan in the throes of a political crisis, the US has drawn up...
  • Pakistan: Nuclear Arms Well Guarded

    11/12/2007 5:50:20 AM PST · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 69+ views
    AP via Guardian ^ | November 12, 2007 | Staff
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan said Monday its nuclear weapons were secure and that there was no risk they would be seized by Taliban or al-Qaida-linked militants who have expanded their control beyond northwestern border regions. Responding to comments by former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton and others in Washington, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq said ``there are multiple layers of command and control and the weapons are not in danger of falling into any hands. ``Pakistan's nuclear program is very well guarded,'' he said, adding that he ``would be very dismissive'' of anyone who claims otherwise. Washington has...
  • US has secret plans to safeguard Pakistan's nukes

    11/11/2007 2:25:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 113+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/07 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States reportedly has secret contingency plans to safeguard Pakistani nuclear weapons if they risk falling into the wrong hands. But US officials worry their limited knowledge about the location of the arsenal could pose a problem, the Washington Post said, a week after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency. "We can't say with absolute certainty that we know where they all are," one unidentified former US official told the newspaper, adding that any US effort to secure Pakistan's nuclear arsenal "could be very messy." Under a more optimistic scenario, the Pakistani military...
  • How the West summoned up a nuclear nightmare in Pakistan

    09/02/2007 4:15:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 1,296+ views
    The Sunday Times,U.K ^ | September 2, 2007 | Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark
    From The Sunday Times September 2, 2007 How the West summoned up a nuclear nightmare in Pakistan Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark reveal how misguided deals with Pakistan have created a terrifying threat of nuclear terrorism General Pervez Musharraf was surprised. Visiting New York for a session of the UN, the last thing the Pakistani president expected was to be confronted with evidence of his country’s secret sales of nuclear bomb technology and equipment to members of the “axis of evil”. Yet here on the polished wooden table of Musharraf’s hotel suite, George Tenet, director of the CIA, was laying...
  • Pakistan test fires nuclear capable missile

    08/25/2007 10:51:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 349+ views
    Canoe ^ | August 25 2007 | Associated Press
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan on Saturday successfully test-fired a new air-launched cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the military said. The missile, named Hatf-8 or Ra'ad, has a range of 350 kilometres, an army statement said. The missile gives the air force a "strategic standoff capability" - the ability to strike over a long distance - and could be fitted with any type of warhead, the army said. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf congratulated the scientists and engineers who developed the weapon, it added, Pakistan routinely tests various nuclear-capable missiles in its arsenal, believed to be designed mainly...
  • Pak test fires nuclear capable missile

    08/25/2007 8:33:27 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 17 replies · 439+ views
    NDTV ^ | August 25, 2007
    Pakistan on Saturday ''successfully'' test fired a new air-launched cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead upto 350 kilometres, the military said. The missile named Hatf-8 (Raad) ''can carry all types of warheads and has an accuracy comparable to Pakistans longer Babur cruise missile,'' a statement from the army's Inter-Services Public Relations said. ''The indigenously developed Ra'ad (meaning 'Thunder' in Arabic), with a range of 350 km for now, has been designed exclusively for launch from a variety of Pakistan's air platforms, providing these with a strategic stand off capability on land and at sea,'' the statement said. It...
  • Ceding the Fall of Pakistan-Will a nuclear weapons arsenal fall into terror's hands?

    07/05/2007 6:19:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 53 replies · 1,751+ views ^ | July 5, 2007 | Steve Schippert
    The nature of the conflict before us is about to change significantly in both nature and, potentially, scope.  The question is not a matter of if, but when.  For absent in any analysis of the situation in Pakistan is any discussion whatsoever of how President Pervez Musharraf can or will defeat (or enable the defeat of) al-Qaeda and the Taliban.  And Musharraf is the only known trustworthy custodian of Pakistan's nuclear weapons arsenal.  Beyond Musharraf lie only question marks and uncertainties at best, which is a dire Western predicament for a nuclear power cohabitating with popular and powerful al-Qaeda and...