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Pakistan-US nuclear deal ruffling quite a few feathers

For Pakistan, becoming a nuclear power was never an agenda item until it was forced to add it to its to-do list when its neighbor India started a nuclear arms race in South Asia in 1974 by conducting a nuclear explosion.

Pakistan-US nuclear deal ruffling quite a few feathers

Islamabad was left with no other option and to ensure security of the country and maintain a balance of power in the region, it started its own nuclear program to maintain deterrence. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the-then Prime Mister of Pakistan addressed the nation and said “even if we have to eat grass, we will make nuclear bomb. We have no other choice”. An enemy with a track record of employing coercive means to challenge its neighbor on a regular basis, becoming a nuclear power was perhaps the safest bet at that time.

However, despite poor economic conditions, Pakistan became a nuclear power in May 1998 after successfully carrying out tests in Chaghi, Balochistan.

As a consequence, Pakistan’s decision of making nukes for maintaining deterrence and balance of power has been proven right, as both states never went on a full scale war after acquiring WMDs.

Since the end of Cold War and the ensuing reshuffling of the international system, US maintained its presence in the region after ensuring that South Asia did not fall to the whims of Communism. Islamabad played a significant role during USA’s war with USSR at a time when Indian inclination was more towards the Soviet Union.

However, as soon as Washington’s target was achieved, it left Pakistan and the region in general, to its own devices, thus allowing circumstances to shape the respective destinies of both South Asian countries. India however, was still able to get due rewards for its loyalty towards the new Russia and was able to achieve greater heights in its nuclear program than Pakistan.

That was not the first time Pakistan was left as a hopeless case by Americans, despite its services. And to further compound on the misery, in 2005, US signed a civil nuclear deal with India, which was seen as another step toward hampering the balance of power in the region by many policymakers and analysts in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s stance over the 2005 civil nuclear deal was crystal clear right from the start – Islamabad wanted closure from US as to what particular mechanism it used in a bid to sign a civil nuclear deal with India when just like Pakistan, it had refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Indeed, one can forgive Pakistan for feeling left out by its oldest ally.

Making an effort to convince the safety of its nuclear program

Though, Pakistan kept on pursuing in the same channel by doing its best to convince the west that its nuclear program is secure and is in safe hands, it was to no avail. Moreover, being a nation with an acute energy shortage crisis, Pakistan badly needed to utilize reactors for peaceful purposes.

Furthermore, it is very clear that India will always oppose such action at every level, as they would never want to see Pakistan on equal footing. But the international scenario started to change and US was forced to consider tying up a deal with Pakistan in a bid to revive an alliance that has been weakening in its intensity for the past several months.

And while talks of Pakistan and US civil nuclear deal have been grabbing regular media attention, so far, nothing has been finalized and everything is still up in the air. It is a long process, as both parties have to pave out a way to seal the deal with positive outcomes and of course it is a matter of national security, which means that Pakistan will be looking to ensure that it is not at the end of a wrong bargain.

A nuclear deal after a lot of bargaining?

On the other had the secretary, Josh Earnest while speaking to the media expressed his concerns that such a deal will happen in a quick fashion considering the fact that there are a lot of complications. “A deal like the one that’s been discussed publicly is not something that’s likely to come to fruition next week. But the United States and Pakistan are regularly engaged in a dialogue about the importance of nuclear security. And I would anticipate that that dialogue would include conversations between the leaders of our two countries.”

Islamabad has to analyze this move from every angle, as this can be a move to limit Pakistan’s nuclear program. However, up till now Islamabad has not signed NPT, CTBT or FMCT, which doesn’t make it honor-bound to cut down on its stockpiling of WMDs.

It has been speculated that Pakistan has been stockpiling fissile material rapidly, which has raised concerns of western powers, especially US and this deal can be a step to put a lid on Pakistan’s recent nuclear activity.

However, if this deal happens one thing is for sure, Islamabad will not settle for anything less than India is enjoying through this deal which means that US will be forced to make a few concessions which in past, it hasn’t been willing to make when it comes to offering Pakistan any type of support.

US trying to balance its act in South Asia

It is not really surprising to see US trying to work out such a deal with Pakistan. With the likes of Russia and China already taking a lot of advantage out of USA’s hesitance in catering to Pakistan’s needs, Washington knows that it will only be a matter of time when Pakistan would simply free itself from its influence.

India on the other hand, has had quite a lot of reservations regarding the prospect of a civil nuclear deal happening on the other side of its border. New Delhi feels that a state that has been harboring terrorists for years should not be given such liberties. However, the fact that it has never been able to give a conclusive proof of Pakistan’s suspected activities in any international platform, renders its argument meaningless. Moreover, the fact that Pakistan has been stockpiling WMDs and small warheads for ages without letting any slip out of the facilities, means that the argument of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal not being in safe hands is also a far-fetched notion conjured by those who are not aware of the ground realities about the country’s nuclear program.

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  • Mian Sabahatullah

    I agree with your statement that all wars except 1971 was triggered by us (Pakistan) in 1948 we attacked Azad Kashmir in 1965 we again carried out operation Gibraltar in Indian Occupied Kashmir where in response India attacked Lahore and Sialkot while again in 1999 we attacked Kargil…… but lets come towards some ground and concrete realities… your excuse about 1971 invasion is too weak no one attacks other due to refugee crises perhaps you should study the role of RAW in eastern Pakistan far before refugee crises happened….. Now a BIG question is why we started all other battles??? The answer is simple…… we all know that our partition was done on the basis of two nation theory according to which Muslim dominated areas were decided to be with Pakistan and Non Muslim were due to be with India….. now you tell me Kashmir is a Muslim dominated area or non muslim dominated area? A MUSLIM DOMINATED AREA…….. hence it should be with Pakistan…. Why Bangladesh was not a part of India despite the fact that it was 1000 miles away from West Pakistan and was bordering India??? because it was a Muslim dominated area hence it was handed over to Pakistan…… Now my question is what happened in case of Kashmir? why you did’t apply two nation theory on that area? Why??? your answer will probably be that the ruler of Kashmir (Hari Singh) decided to be with India or he invited Indian forces to defend him against Pakistan’s attack of 1948…. so please can you answer my following questions…..
    Q.1. Who appointed Hari Singh as a ruler or head of Kashmir?
    Q.2. Was he elected by the people of Kashmir?
    Q.3 Was he authorized to decide the fate of Muslim Dominated Kashmir?
    Q.4 Being one of the biggest democracies of the world Why India is not giving the right of self determination to people of Kashmir (Muslims. Hindus and Sikhs)? Regards

  • Sam Jani

    ONLY LOGICALLY ONE…

  • Mian Sabahatullah

    Please anyone tell me one thing what happens after nuclear deal? what is it for? LOL….

  • Gautam

    We have more muslims in India, then Naapakistan will ever have. You are the ones who killed 3 million East Pakistan civilians in 1971, that’s why you cowards lost the war, & Yahya was killed by your own.

  • Saim

    INdia started nuclear arms race in this region. Don’t blame Pakistan for everything!

  • Gautam

    Naapakistan is the most terrorist nation on earth today. You are the ones who kept OBL as royal guest (of your illustrious leader Musharraf) in Abbottabad for 5 years. The powers that threw crumbs at you found that out and dealt with the situation the best way & your Naapak nation could not do anything. What can a bhikhaari and coward nation do after all!

  • Sam Jani

    BECAUSE ONLY PAKISTAN ALWAYS RIGHT AND HONEST…….AND KEEP BLAMING OTHERS AND HINDUSTAN.

  • Gautam

    I did, didn’t you get it!

  • Saim

    Hey, btw, when are u guys planning to bring the perpetrators of samjhota express attacks to justice?

  • Gautam

    He died of natural causes, may be eating too much beef!

  • Gautam

    You dont know the history of your kind. You are the most coward people on earth. You have killed your own brothers (taking away their ability to fight back) on some trumpeted excuse or the other. If you believe in your “great” leaders, so be it. May be you also will suffer the same result like Ayub, Zulfikar, Benazir, Yahya, Zia, & the list goes on & on of such illustrious leaders, who “won” lot’s of wars for you. You beggars, go naked & beg at USA, Russia, or China who is willing to throw some crumbs at you. Oh yes one thing you are good at, is stabbing in the back. That is the only way you can win any war!

  • Saim

    why is that you people always hung up on nationalities?

  • Sam Jani

    OK LOOK LIKE ARE YOU PAKISTANI?

  • Saim

    then yes what?
    Why you want to be a judge, jury and executioner?

  • Sam Jani

    ….. ONLY FOR CORRUPT AND DESH DROHI PEOPLE. AND ENEMY OF HINDUSTAN….IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE ONE OF THEM THEN YES.

  • Saim

    Why raising your voice to me?

  • Sam Jani

    WHEN YOU CLEAN YOUR OWN MESS …..OPINION WILL BE MUCH DIFFERENT….. JUST EYE OPENER…..

  • Saim

    There is no censorship in Pakistani media. They talk openly and it is very evident.
    If you don’t know anything please don’t comment. I personally feel that many incidences of world interests are censored in india and I am a regular visitor of most popular indian news papers.
    Pakistan is the victim of terrorism where as India is the victim of its own people. i.e. their billion plus people, their caste system, open defecation, rich poor divide, extremist organizations like shiv sena, RSS and BJP.
    There are more issues in india then there exist in Pakistan to be honest with you.
    The society in india is getting extremist day after day.
    only yesterday, Shiv sena attacked the head offices of Board of cricket in india while police and law enforcement were unable to control them. Is there any govt.order maintained in india?

  • Saim

    is there any respect left in Indians (india) for the differences of opinion?

  • SAP

    In case a nuclear-proliferating, terrorism-sponsoring, double-dealing, lying-cheating-untrustworthy country that Pakistan is, gets treated on par with peaceful democracies, then the message from the US will be very clear. Pakistan will continue it’s errant ways, and US will be back to the wink-wink nudge-nudge games of the past that have made the entire world a dangerous place today.

  • Maha Baba

    Mr. Khan is a devout Muslim, faithfully supporting a Muslim country. But make no mistake, supporting hatred and bigotry will ultimately ruin you. Blaming others (the West, Israel, India etc) will not help.

  • Simr Dimr

    Dear indian you won 1971 good luck but all other wars Pakistan fixed you good. In 1971 you used your choot successfully to win. But any next clash will leave you speechless because Pakistan has it’s own fighter aircraft to any thing else needed to teach lesson to the most coward army on face of earth. Also Pakistan is no more depending its old friends. You are just boasting like terrorist modi, but fact was proved when Pakistan Army Chief said last month we are ready for cold or hot pursuit, to see the mettle of most coward army, fact speaks louder.

  • Jay Raman

    Mr. Abbazi,
    I took part in BanglaDesh operations as an officer in the Indian army. The war of independence was won mainly by the Bengalis with some Indian help. You Pakistanis paid dearly for your arrogance and exaggerated self opinion of your martial qualities .
    The interesting thing, after their surrender the Pakis felt a lot safer with us Indians than with the BanglaDeshis who were also Muslims.

  • Jay Raman

    Your language shows your culture. What else can you expect a race of pedophiles

  • PK

    It might be true in the first place India’s nuclear program was a deterrence due to China. But it is now in the hands of Hindu Taliban: Ready for use against beef eater in India and around.

  • no BUDDY cares

    LOL are you delusional or what? Take a look at what RSS is doing these days? You kill ppl for eating beef!? You throw black ink at your own ppl faces just because they are catering to some Pakistanis. What bigger proof do you need about your Pakistan pathological paranoia. Do you know because of your growing intolerance, many cultural writers have given back the awards !?

    Your society as whole needs a therapy session about your insecurity and intolerance!

  • Mike

    Must be HINDU fireants. They are dark. LOL

  • MeraAbhipraye

    The paranoia exist with Pakis, not Indians. India is lot better than Pakistan in all fronts. Just look at all intolerance that exist within Pakistan. It is no better than India. In India press is free enough to publish what they see as wrong. Not the case with Pakistan where military censors press.

  • Mike

    LOL. Well said. Cockrouches for sure.

  • Mike

    Get a life Cow worshipers.

  • MeraAbhipraye

    This article leaves out one fact that it was Pakistan who instigated all wars with India including the Kargil skirmishes except may be 1971 where India’s hands were tied to due massive refugee crisis from what was East Pakistan. Pakistan should stop dreaming about parity with India. India is a much larger country with different security needs. I don’t think India’s nuclear program was Pakistan in the first place. India needed nuclear deterrence due to China’s nuclear program. India never needed nuclear arms for Pakistan.

  • no BUDDY cares

    This Dou-che bag of a CUN-Try called ENDia, a rape-infested nation of fuq-tards, whose only agenda is to keep the cows alive nowadays, the POOREST DEMOCRACY on the entire planet, needs to get out of their pathological paranoia about Pakistan. Their myopic hindu fundamentalist party has given them nothing but shame and only made them popular as the intolerant rape CAPITAL of the world.

  • Timothy Andersson

    Totally agree with this article. USA is ruled by Illuminatis and Lobbyists where the mission is to weakened others. The mission has never been to win a war, the mission was always to destabilize. Foolishly our sentimental Pakistanis believe in truth where politics is a Dirt. USA is a sugar-coated enemy of Muslim world. Pakistanis should learn from Iran, how they kicked Americans for the last three decades and survived. There is only One Path to make Coalition with China and Russia and keep USA at arms length with diplomatic language and prolong matters or buy time. Think this is Obama’s last year so do not expect anything better. Pakistanis, Think Survival of the Fittest. Luckily Nuclear Technology has helped otherwise it was another Iraq,Libya, Afghanistan and Syria.

  • no BUDDY cares

    It’s a joke calling India even a nation. It’s basically a rape-infested bowl of fuq-tards, who should make chastity belts for indian women mandatory. While at it, take care of your public defecation problem too!

  • no BUDDY cares

    My dear myopic friend BOB (how Indian), I know how Indian schooling system inseminate anti Pakistan propaganda in their history classes. Time to grow out of your pathological paranoia about Pakistan. Better yet, go get some chastity belts for your women and CHILDREN who get raped by your kind every passing day!!

  • no BUDDY cares

    Very well written and an unbiased article! Kudos to you Taimoor Khan. I was getting tired of all the biased opinion pieces, copy/paste by some Indian writers.

  • no BUDDY cares

    LOL you are pointing at his COMMAND of English while your own needs some fine tuning. “Who feathers”!? I’m no expert but my dear friend, you are wrong!

  • Carlton Lee

    After Mumbai attack with David Headley convicted, the author is still asking for proof!

  • Nice Man

    This Bob character is an indian… Balakrishnaa… LoL. Made obvious by his sudden stomach ache related to extreme indigestion after reading Pro-Pakistan article. these paranoid Indians are funny things.

  • Zhaikh Zee

    Keep dreaming Jay

  • Zhaikh Zee

    And do you have a proof of that Pakistan is a terrorist state or do you watch fox news? It is easy to point finger at other but look at yourself.

  • Iqbal

    Finally a well written articlethat tells all the facts.
    After the US gets what it wants it just leaves and the mess left behind has to be cleared up by Pakistan.
    Not only that, but the US starts playing footsie with India, Pakistan’s arch rival.
    May be its time the US did some soul searching.

  • abbasi razi

    Historian!Today,Indian Fire Ants have done that to cricket.

  • abbasi razi

    Jay,You have forgotten Modi’s announcements that India,as a country ,help create Bangla Desh.It was in 1971 and was a State Terrorism. What face you have to talk now.

  • FAIRPLAY

    This author appears quite inexperienced and his command of English is not the best. The title to this article is …. ruffling quite a few feathers! But, nowhere in the article he mentions who feathers he is referring to ???

  • Mun Cha

    USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia are the biggest terrorist states in the world. US and Saudis used Pakistan to get to the Russians. US attacked Iraq without any proof of WMD. Indians are nothing more than cockrouches who should be kept in the sewer.

  • Bob

    Taimoor – You don’t have any credibility writing on this topic. You are a Pakistani and your heavy bias shows all over. Pakistan is a terrorist state. There is no question about that.
    I am wondering why ValueWalk will even allow you to write on this topic.

  • Jay Raman

    Usual Pakistan stuff. “A peaceful Islamic nation” terrorised by India ,a democracy. Pakistan is a terrorist nation by any definition. Nuclear proliferation, support of terrorists the list is long. Essentially it has become the only ally of Communist China. a stooge of China to help contain India. China is already extending all help including nuclear weapons.
    A nuclear pact with Pakistan . I hope it is a joke.

  • vic

    If the U S had wanted Osama Bin Lade—they would have taken him out at Kandhar and then at Tora Bora. At Kandhar—the U S had him in the sights of the predator drone for an hour and a half.
    This Abottabad drama was created by Obama to win the elections—otherwise he would have lost bad.

  • PK

    Taliban in Pakistan
    have been the best friends of India. In Pakistan, Taliban executed hundreds of
    attacks, mostly seemed to be masterminded by RAW, killing more than 50,000 and
    paralyzing many times more. The Pakistani Taliban were probably hiding Osama bin
    Laden in the country. Who was supporting Taliban in this venture? Who cashed
    this opportunity in a big way? Was India and its RAW involved? World must
    investigated this too.

  • Rao

    India never submits any proof of Pakistan’s involvement in terror activities while American drones fly in Pakistani air space probably taking out those innocent pakistanis including likes of Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad.

  • PK

    Suppose “one of India’s most revered nuclear scientist” wishes to eat beef, what will India do to him?

  • jdsonice

    Pakistan is a terrorist state and should be treated as such. Its main purpose is to try and get money from everyone by threatening nuclear war with India. It cannot take care of its citizens, it is run by fanatics and serves no useful purpose. Remember Osma Bin Ladin was hiding in Pakistan for 5 years courtesy of the ISI and Porki government.

  • XPlaneUser

    You need to get your rocks off.

  • Historian

    Taimoor khan ; Good analysis . Now watch Indian Fire Ants coming after you.

  • Sam Jani

    MIAYN FUSKI… DON’T USE HINDU NAME WATCH MULLAH MAY GIVE TO YOU BAMBOO.

  • Yabba

    Look who’s talking…somebody from Pak and we know what happens in that country every day ;). Hey, btw, when are u guys planning to bring the perpetrators of mumbai 26/11 attacks to justice ?

  • Hary Kishan

    India, ruled by a mass murderer as a Prime Minister, cannot be trusted. The Hindus hate everybody. They have been massacring Christians, Sikhs, Muslims, and Dalits for a long time. Civilized world should censor India.

  • Gautam

    Naapakistan can not be trusted with any thing its present power hierarchy says or commits to. Naapkistan’s chief nuclear scientist (Dr. A. Q, Khan) who masterminded its nuclear program, ultimately sold that technology to rogue nations like N. Korea for personal gain, whereas one of India’s most revered nucleasr scientist, also a Muslim, Dr. Abdul Kalam, (who just passed away last month) was the president of India. USA should learn from the 70 year history of Naapakistan, that it is the most corrupt and unethical nation in the world. In the 4 wars it waged with India, it has always been the aggresor. Every time, in the end it got its butt kicked real bad. So it went to international forum & cry-babies that they are every time, they cried that big bad India was kicking its butt. Naapakistan is llke a small but venomous snake. But you snake remember mongoose always wins the fight, Nuke or no nuke!

  • Simr Dimr

    You will see this whole trip is cosmetic and I guess nothing is going to come out of this. Sharif what ever he thinks will not be able to do anything, a hidden hand will stop any deal. If any thing good is on the table for PAKISTAN in all this showcase trip is to get upper hand for india and to promote india as largest terrorist democracy. Sharif and other Pakistan leaders use to be shy of showing india it’s ugly face, thank God things changing now and india is told the fact it is a terrorist country.

  • PK

    Caution: Pakistan has been a weak party on negotiation tables. Un-necessary talks and interactions with the cleverest but a biased party might jeopardize our national security.
    China and Russia are on driving seat of this business now. Why a deal with USA is being sought so eagerly?