Nuclear Pakistan: dispelling misconceptions!

By: Hamid Waheed 

A hype has been created over a period of time regarding the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

More especially, countries like Indian and US and their media have been quite vocal in the recent past voicing concerns about Pakistan’s nuclear program. In some bizarre incidents, ironically, the nuclear safeguards of both these nations themselves have been in regular breach of standards desirable, not long ago.A sensitive list of US nuclear sites was mistakenly posted on internet recently. Then, in another case that shocked the whole world, a B-52 bomber that was mistakenly armed with six nuclear warheads flew for more than three hours across several US states. 

As far as accidents regarding the Indian nukes are concerned, a few days back a fire left two people dead at India’s main nuclear research laboratory, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai. Times of India reported on November 30, 2009 about radiation contamination at the Kaiga nuclear plant in Karnataka. The locals residing in surrounding area suffered damages.

Yet another case, was of the sudden missing of a top nuclear scientist L. Mahalingam, having access to sensitive information, is also a fairly recent happening. He was later found dead. Then, there was news about two to three tons of heavy water having leaked out of an atomic reactor in western India on August 5, 1981. An examination of the safety record in India’s nuclear facilities reveals poor practices and routine accidents, ranging from leaks of oil to complete loss of power in areactor causing all safety systems to be disabled. Such series ofblunders, places the United States and India in the list of world’smost dangerous nuclear powers.

Admiral Mike Mullen stated in press conference at Pentagon “We all recognize, obviously, the worst downside with respect to Pakistan is that those nuclear weapons come under the control of terrorists.” Now the wind has changed, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes that “the nuclear arsenal that Pakistan has, I believe, is secure. I think the government and the military have taken adequate steps to protect that,”. In same context, Indian Army Chief Gen VK Singh affirms, “I don’t think, there is any reason to say things are not secure. Things are secure.” Pakistan has no such history.  Pakistan’s nuclear command and control system remains one of the most sophisticated and secure in the world. However, those with vested interests continue projecting dismal picture about Pakistan.

Samuel Butler, author of “Way of All Flesh”, a writer with great insight in human psychology rightly stated, ”Opinions have vested interests, just as men have.”
(Hamid Waheed has done his masters in International Relations and MBA  his area of focus is on South Asia, Central Asia and Pakistan. He is a keen follower of war on terror and has written extensively on subject of his choice).

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  • Rizwan Beg  On March 9, 2011 at 2:32 am

    It was not JUST L. Mahalingam who went missing- another case of a scientific officers from a nuclear power plant in the country disappearing mysteriously has come to light. Anantha Narayanan (37), a scientific officer working in the computer department of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam. According to police, Anantha Narayanan, who joined IGCAR in 1997, left home for work on February 15 around 8.30am as usual but didn’t return. Preliminary investigation by local police and the IGCAR authorities suggest that he was disturbed by the serious illness of his elder daughter and some family disputes and that could have prompted him to leave his house. Police have formed several special teams and have been searching for him in places like Puducherry, Tiruvannamalai, Salem, Chennai and also in Andhra Pradesh.

  • Tasneem Hassan  On March 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Yasmeen DO ‘nt U know That Nuclear Technology is WHITE Elephant for poor countries like Pakistan.

  • Syed Wajahat  On March 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Regardless of what realities are, Nuclear arsenal is a white elephant. It eats up the
    resources that could be well served to bring the standard of living of the owner country
    up considerably.

    What is the reality with regards to Nuclear weapns being used in a declared war.
    do we truly believe, if a nabouring country was bombed, the agressor will not feel
    the after math of the holocast created by this weaponry. Will those countries
    that do not possess nuclear capability submit to the whims of those who
    possess this, in the modern world. Dare a nuclear country attack another nuclear
    country and not fear the mayhem that can ensue?

    Where is the value of such ideology.

    As far as I am concerned, Nuclear weapns are a loose loose situation.
    The only recipient of this warfare technology is the Military Industrial
    complex which has no value added returns associated with it.

    Syed Wajahat Hussain

  • Salman Abbasy  On March 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Re: the title of the article. The “misconceptions” have not been dispelled but stored away until the political weather changes and they’ll come out again. Our own problem is the inability to accurately identify the national interest and organise all elements of national power towards attaining it.

  • Inam Khan  On March 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    CIA and RAW are in the process of leaking some fission material to fake Al Qaida operatives and blame it on Pakistan for so that sanctions can be place on Pakistan and UNO forces are placed as guards on Pakistani assetts.Daily CIA,RAW and Mossad are coming up with new consipracies to take away Pakistan Nukes.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….Inam Khan


  • By Nuclear Missile on March 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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