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Pakistan may have second strike N-capability: report



* CRS says Islamabad now has deeply buried storage and launch facilities, air defences around strategic sites, and concealment steps
Pakistan may have developed a second-strike capability and nuclear parity with India, a US Congressional report has suggested.

“‘Pakistan has reportedly addressed issues of survivability through second strike capability, possible hard and deeply buried storage and launch facilities, road-mobile missiles, air defences around strategic sites, and concealment measures,” the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in a May 15 report to lawmakers.

President Asif Ali Zardari was reported as saying in late 2008 that Pakistan will not be the first to use nuclear weapons against India — virtually a no-first-use pact offer. India already has an official no-first-use policy — a stance based on surviving a first strike and then retaliating. Pakistanan’s refusal to rule out a first-strike has been attributed in part to its smaller and more vulnerable arsenal. That aspect now appears to have been addressed.

According to the CRS report, as the US prepared to attack the Afghan Taliban after September 11, 2001, then president Pervez Musharraf ordered that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal be redeployed to “at least six new secret locations”. “This action came at a time of uncertainly about the future of the region, including the direction of US-Pakistan relations,” the report notes, adding that Islamabad’s leadership was uncertain whether the US would decide to conduct military strikes against Pakistan’s nuclear assets if Islamabad did not assist the US against the Taliban. Indeed, it adds, president Musharraf cited protection of Pakistan’s nuclear and missile assets as one of the reasons for Islamabad’s dramatic policy shift. Exigencies like this and the military face-off with India in 2002 compelled Islamabad to ensure survival of its nuclear arsenal from a first strike.

According to Michael Krepon of the Stimson Centre, “The guardians of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal currently sit on the horns of a dilemma: Consolidation of Pakistan’s nuclear assets would protect most effectively against insider threats, while dispersion of Pakistan’s nuclear assets would protect most effectively against pre-emption by external threats.” In Geneva, meanwhile, the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament has decided to resume talks on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, aimed at capping production of bomb-grade material.\06\01\story_1-6-2009

2 thoughts on “Pakistan may have second strike N-capability: report”

  1. American people not understand the jews psychology .NTO attacked on pakistan on saturday 26 november 2011 show jews intention,saturday the jews holy day..jews kills prophets..The jews never beared muslim state Nuclear power.In world only American used atomics wepean against Japan.if we should thinks about national Securiarity,Our minister said the shamsy air bass given arab now our nnc,saying america should evacuvated shamsi air base..what nice liaing ab malik.shame for him.the mean man.

  2. latifullah muhammed yousaf khan

    every nation have right of protection in world.Pakistan beer lot of difficulty in both afghan wars and sacrified in human resourses and ecnomical front.Pakistan goes to international cummunity obeligation.But there is limitaton the first is it sovernity and integrity.Pakistan understand globle interest and their own interest.America,India and israil trika to blake mailing pakistan in form of terrisim,pakistan lost 40000 human lives and 5000 armed persons,ex-prime minister.and many attacks in mosque armed forces vital places ,and holy data darbar ,and Lal masjad.When these trika demand theire high value tarket.pakistan did,drone attacks,and so.Now it is too much.

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