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[25 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Sachin Parashar in The Times of India, Sept 25, 2017
NEW DELHI: Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi last week yet again flaunted+ his country’s tactical or nonstrategic nuclear weapons, saying they were meant to deter the Indian Army’s ‘cold start’ doctrine.
While Abbasi declared that Pakistan’s nuclear assets, including the tactical nukes, were under a robust command-and-control system, the short-range weapons meant to be used early in a conventional conflict with India are vulnerable to accidents and risk of landing up with terrorists.
According to a recent report by the Federation …

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[6 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

The writer is former High Commissioner of Pakistan to UK and a veteran journalist
Pakistan’s nuclear programme keeps bouncing into controversy time and again. It has been Pakistan’s resistance and its perseverance that despite enormous reluctance the community of nuclear states has accepted it in its club with reservations. United States has always been wanting its roll back. It leaves no opportunity to blackmail Pakistan for possessing its nuclear arsenal and development programme. Latest being run-away General Pervez Musharraf’s malicious diatribe against Dr AQ Khan.
Americans constantly badgers us that we should …

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[5 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Anwar Iqbal in Dawn, June 5th, 2017
WASHINGTON: A US businessman has pleaded guilty to exporting products without a licence to atomic and space agencies in Pakistan, violating US federal laws. Imran Khan, 43, faces up to 20 years in prison.
US Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly said that Khan, a resident of North Haven, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on Saturday in a Hartford federal court to violating US export law.
Court documents and statements show that from 2012 to December 2016, Khan and others …

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[8 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: A bill seeking amendments in the laws dealing with Pakistan’s nuclear programme was withdrawn in the upper house of parliament at the last minute on Monday after the proposer cited ‘reservations of the stakeholders’.
Senator Farhatullah Babar, withdrew his private member bill seeking modifications in the National Command Authority (NCA) Act, saying he had been going through an “extraordinary situation ever since he submitted the bill”.
Without elaborating any further, the PPP lawmaker said the stakeholders had expressed reservations and he wished to withdraw the bill for broader consultations and discussions.
US …

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[16 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

As the Nuclear Security Summit convened by President Obama in March draws near, the US is underlining two major concerns regarding Pakistan’s nuclear programme. The first relates to the security of nuclear weapons, the second to the possibility of a nuclear conflict between Pakistan and India. Washington believes that in both cases nuclear security in South Asia would be jeopardised. On Sunday, State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner once again underlined the US concerns.
The US has generally expressed satisfaction with Pakistan’s nuclear safety and security measures with two important provisos: …

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[15 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Islamabad – Pakistan will contest for membership right of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in the World Nuclear Summit slated for next month in Washington in the interest of strategic stability in South Asia.
Well-placed diplomatic sources told The Nation on Friday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will lead a delegation to the World Nuclear Summit being hosted by the United States.
Foreign Office is busy finalising the speech the prime minister will deliver at the summit seeking waiver for Pakistan’s membership to the NSG and will interact with important leaders of …

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[15 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: The United States State Department has said that the US is concerned over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and tensions between Pakistan and India.
In a daily media briefing, Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson of US State Department said, “US is concerned both about the security of nuclear weapons, and that’s been a common refrain, if you will, in our discussions with Pakistan; but we’re also concerned, clearly, about tensions between India and Pakistan in the region.”
Mark Toner said US wanted to see dialogue between Pakistan and India to …

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[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Naveed Miraj in The Express Tribune, Nov 27th, 2015.
ISLAMABAD: China has assured that if India is allowed to get the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) it will go all out to ensure that Pakistan also joins the group.
The assurance was given to Islamabad during the visit of a high-level delegation headed by President Mamnoon Hussain to Beijing recently.
“The issue was discussed at length and Pakistan highlighted its point of view saying that it has equal right to join the group for fulfilling its requirement for peaceful use …

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[29 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Pervez Hoodbhoy in Dawn, August 29th, 2015
The writer teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad.
MANY Pakistanis are thrilled by the news originating from two think tanks in Washington. Although no real evidence has been presented, they claim that the Pakistani nuclear arsenal may become the world’s third largest over the next five to 10 years. The current number, estimated at around 120 Hiroshima-sized warheads, could increase to around 350.
This would exceed numbers held by France (290), China (240), and UK (190). Is the sky the limit? If not, what is …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has released its annual report, State of Human Rights (for 2014), which confirms that the situation in Pakistan remains worrisome as ever. The reports covers human rights, labour and unemployment, the justice system, journalists’ safety, prisoners’ rights, forced disappearances and missing persons, universal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, and the state of education, health, housing as well as law and order in the country.
Perhaps the most distressing finding of the report is that there has been a significant increase in sectarian violence. There …