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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

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BSF DIG killed in Samba blast
Tejinder Singh Sodhi
Tribune News Service

Ramgarh (Zero Line), November 16
A DIG of the BSF was killed this morning when suspected infiltrators detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that they had planted on the Indian side while making an infiltration bid in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district.

The deceased, 52-year-old OP Tanwar, DIG, hailing from Palwal in Haryana, had joined as DIG, Jammu frontier, on November 2 here. The BSF set on fire a large piece of land in the area to destroy any other IEDs planted by the militants late evening.

Tanwar was killed and two BSF soldiers were seriously injured when they were on a combing operation at the Balad forward post that had come under a heavy fire from across the border late last night.

As per senior BSF officers, the militants taking advantage of the heavy fire had successfully managed to plant an IED on the Indian side and detonated it from a safe distance using the Pakistan territory.

This is for the second time in the past one month when militants from across the border had successfully planted an IED on the Indian side. On October 18, a border fencing pillar in the Paharpur area along the Hira Nagar sub sector of Kathua district was destroyed in an IED blast triggered off by militants. Speaking to The Tribune, AK Surollia, IG of BSF, said, “Two to three groups of around 10 to 12 militants were spotted trying to infiltrate into our side late last night. Our alert jawans fired at them and foiled the infiltration bid.”

He said during the encounter, that lasted several hours, the militants planted an IED near the border. “In the morning, when the officer (DIG) was on a combing operation in the area, the militants triggered off the IED killing the officer on the spot and injuring two others,” Surollia said.

Senior BSF, Army and police officers, including DGP Kuldeep Khoda, rushed to the border outpost to take stock of the incident. The Army also conducted an aerial survey of the border.

This is for the first time that a senior officer of the rank of DIG has been killed in the Jammu region.

Senior BSF officials said it was a well-planed operation carried out by militants as after planting the IED they were keeping an eye on the movement of the BSF officers to the spot and detonated it when a senior officer was in the area.

Though the infiltration bid was foiled, militants taking advantage of darkness and long vegetation growth planted the IED. “Soon after the IED was detonated, we heard cries like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ from across the border,” a senior BSF official manning Zero Line said.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20091117/main2.htm

US wants Indian assurance on non-proliferation

Lalit K Jha/ PTI / Washington November 16, 2009, 18:44 IST

As top Indian and US officials race to conclude negotiations on reprocessing of spent fuel, the Obama Administration is insisting for an assurance from India on nuclear non-proliferation, a sticking point in clearing the way for nuclear commerce.

The requirement of the "assurance", which is seen as a "proximate obstacle" to doing business, has suprised the Indian side which is looking forward to implementation of the 123 Agreement for civil nuclear cooperation signed last year.

The issue is expected to figure in the talks during the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, the first world leader to be the State guest under the ten-month-old Obama Administration.

The Obama administration cited the requirement of the assurance in February last and this has been pushed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Energy Secretary Stevan Chu during their visits to India later.

In the absence of such an "assurance" letter from India, the US Department of Energy would not be able to issue the mandatory licence–called Part 810 (pronounced Part eight ten) – to American companies for doing any kind of civilian nuclear trade with the country, the sources said.

Under Part 810, the Energy Secretary is authorised to give permission, directly or indirectly, to persons or companies in the production of special nuclear material outside the US.

This provision applies to technology transfers and technical assistance to all activities of the nuclear fuel-cycle, including non-power reactors.

Taken by surprise, the Indian side is understood to have questioned its necessity while noting that New Delhi's position on non-proliferation has been underlined in the 123 Agreement.

Even on the eve of waiver by Nuclear Suppliers Group in September last year, India had issued a statement reaffirming its commitment to non-proliferation and disarmament goals and referred to its voluntary moratorium on nuclear testing.

The two sides are now looking at wrapping up negotiations for setting up of dedicated Reprocessing Facility by India, which was an essential requirement of the 123 Agreement, by the time of Singh's visit here on November 23.

Under the 123 Agreement, the two sides had to start negotiations for Dedicated Reprocessing Facility within six months of signing the pact and conclude the discussions within a year thereafter.

India's Atomic Energy Commission's Chairman Anil Kakodkar was in Washington last week to hold talks with the US officials on this issue.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/us-wants-indian-assurancenon-proliferation/78447/on

India's N-submarine to be commissioned by Russians

Press Trust of India / Moscow November 16, 2009, 15:16 IST

In spite of the delay in acceptance trials due to stormy sea conditions, Russian Navy is going ahead to commission the Indian Navy's Akula-II class nuclear submarine Nerpa by the year end, a top official said today.

"The Nerpa, built by the Amur Shipyard will be delivered on time in December this year," Governor of Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport announced today.

The submarine is due to be handed over to India by March next year on lease.

After its commissioning, the Russian Navy will train Indian Navy personnel on operationalising the submarine which would join the Indian Navy fleet after undergoing user trials.

Earlier, the Director General of Amur Shipyard, located in Komsomolsk-on-Amur city of the Khabarovsk Territory, had said the acceptance trials were postponed for about a week due to rough weather on Pacific Coast.

"December 2009 is the delivery deadline. There are no serious grounds for the delay in state acceptance trials, the normal process of preparations for them is underway. Didn't left (docks) on November 15, would set sails in coming days," Governor Shport was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

According to earlier reports after its formal commissioning by the Russian Navy the Nerpa would be rechristened INS Chakra and handed over to India in March next on 10-year lease under the $650 million deal.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/india%5Cs-n-submarine-to-be-commissioned-by-russians/78417/on

Pak spy worked in mobile shop in Delhi: Police

November 17, 2009 01:39 IST

A suspected Pakistani spy, who was arrested in the national capital, worked as a technician in a mobile phone repair shop in north-east Delhi [ Images ] for the past three years, police sources said on Monday.

Jabbar alias Syed Amir Ali, who was caught by Immigration officials at Delhi airport last Saturday, lived in Shahdara area.

"He was working in a mobile repair shop on Loni Road in Mansarovar Park for the past three years as a technician," the official said, adding that his employer had claimed that Jabbar was introduced to him by a neighbour.

Investigators have questioned the shop owner as well as his landlord to ascertain how the Pakistani man managed to get a job as well as a rented accommodation.

Jabbar, believed to be hailing from Karachi, was caught while trying to board a flight to Saudi Arabia, allegedly using a fake passport he procured from Lucknow [ Images ], a senior police official said.

The police have learnt that he entered India [ Images ] through Nepal five years ago. A police team has gone to Meerut and Lucknow to investigate how he managed to obtain a fake passport and driving license, as well as get details of his contacts there. Ali stayed in Lucknow between 2005 and 2006.

http://news.rediff.com/report/2009/nov/17/pak-spy-worked-in-mobile-shop-in-delhi-says-police.htm

AK Singh is GOC of Strike Corps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Lieut-General AK Singh has been appointed the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Strike Corps on the Western Front.

Commissioned into the 7th Light Cavalry in June 1973, he is a graduate of the National Defence College and has also attended a number of other prestigious courses abroad, according to a statement issued here.

An expert on manoeuvre warfare and operational planning, he established the first T-90 brigade of the Army during the Operation Parakram.

He has had varied exposure in military operations, the Foreign Division and perspective planning. He is Colonel of the Scinde Horse, 74 and 51 Armoured Regiments.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20091117/cth1.htm#12

BATTLE AGAINST A BROTHER

The Pakistan army is responsible for the threat that the Taliban pose to that country, writes Abhijit Bhattacharyya

Under attack

The recent attacks on several Pakistani cities and towns — Lahore, Kohat, Peshawar and Rawalpindi — have shown the army of Pakistan in a poor light. The armed forces, it seems, have been reduced to the role of mere spectators. This certainly cannot be good news either for the State or the regions that are engaged in a discussion with the powers that be.

Lahore is not only important militarily, but is also, symbolically, the custodian of Punjabi culture, tradition and cuisine. Lahore is the base of the IV corps, which consists of the 10 and 11 infantry divisions, two independent infantry brigade groups (partly mechanized) and one independent armoured brigade whose objectives are to defend Punjab and counter any threat emanating from Amritsar, India. However, this vast garrison of (more than) 60,000 military men was found wanting when it came to negating the internal threat originating from insurgent elements who were once friends of the military establishment. These men had been raised and supported by the Pakistan army to fight the threat posed by foreign powers such as India. The recent increase in the spate of attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers on the army has the potential to bring about an unprecedented restructuring of the military in Pakistan.

The prevailing situation in Peshawar is not different either. Peshawar is home to the XI corps, which consists of two infantry divisions with Mardan and Kohat as the headquarter of the 7 and 9 infantry divisions respectively. The corps is responsible for security in areas such as the North West Frontier Province, the Afghan border, as well as for the reinforcement of the eastern formations facing India.

The recent killings in Kohat and Peshawar comprised all the ingredients of Sun Tzu’s Art of War — surprise, deception and mobility, and the precise choice of date, time, place and target. Indeed, the Pakistani army today faces a real dilemma for the first time since its inception: it not only has to confront an enemy, which is capable of fighting an ‘asymmetrical war’, but is also having to push hard against ‘blood-brothers’ who are operating in the catchment areas of military recruitment. This constitutes a grave threat and endangers the unity and cohesion within the army.

Having ruled Pakistan for over three decades, the high command of the army now finds itself in a tizzy. This is because any insurgency spreading further and wider across the Punjab and the Pashtun homeland can be potentially disastrous for the army’s recruitment operations. And there are no signs yet of a decline in the number of attacks by militants against the military.

It is an extraordinarily complex situation. Fifty five per cent of combat soldiers in the Pakistan army is Punjabi and 30 per cent are Pashtun. The bulk of the recruits hails from Attock, Rawalpindi and the Pashtun badlands of NWFP and Fata. This army of Punjabi and Pashtun soldiers are having to face an enemy, which has been resorting to guerrilla warfare and suicide missions against the nation. Although the army is expected to take the fight to the Taliban, the possibility of an escalation of conflict on fronts in the rear cannot be ruled out. This is likely to stretch the armed forces of Islamabad.

In reality, the outfits raised and reared by the army and by the Inter-Services Intelligence are bound to mount further desperate attacks against their mentors. Moreover, there are enough of them lurking in the shadows. There is the Al Badr, a “small organization”, which is capable of inflicting serious damage on Indian targets in co-operation with larger terror outfits operating in South Asia. With bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and in Lahore, Al Badr is reportedly trained in Kotli, PoK, by the ISI’s instructors who train the cadre in handling explosives as well as in guerrilla warfare. Although Al Badr has claimed that it is not a part of the al Qaida, it had opposed the restrictions that President Musharraf had imposed on jihadi groups.

The biggest foe of the army in Pakistan is the Tehrik-e-Taliban, which, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly, was “formed as an umbrella group to enable the numerous pro-Taliban groups operating in the FATA and NWFP of Pakistan to co-ordinate their activities and consolidate their growing influence in the region”. In the light of the recent suicide attacks across urban Pakistan, including the one on the Pakistani army headquarters in Rawalpindi, it is pertinent to refer back to what Jane’s had to say in 2008 — “These groups (under TTP) are regularly confronting and defeating Pakistani security forces. Their ability to deploy suicide bombers has also meant they are capable of posing a threat throughout Pakistan, even in military strongholds such as the garrison city of Rawalpindi.” Prophetic? Yes, as well as a practical assessment of the threat perception.

The Pakistani army is already facing a daunting task fighting its own countrymen. The Tehrik-e-Taliban has openly professed its three-pronged strategy: First, to unite the various pro-Taliban groups in Fata and NWFP, thereby preventing the government from pursuing its divide-and-rule strategy to counter tribal insurgency by creating a single channel for all negotiations; second, to assist the Afghan Taliban in its campaign against Hamid Karzai and Nato; finally, to reproduce a Taliban-style Islamic emirate in Pakistan and beyond.

The most significant aspect is that the Tehrik-e-Taliban represents a section of the ‘population on the fringes’. These people were the ones who formed a critical front in the State’s proxy wars, from Kabul to Kashmir. The Pakistani soldiers and spies, till recently, had selected these jihadi groups, among others, as asymmetric weapons “to tie down half the Indian army in Kashmir” and to develop “strategic depth” in Afghanistan.

The monster that has been set free is the Tehrik-e-Taliban. Consequently, its creator is fast losing its head and heart. So much so that the harassed army chief, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, is having to rush to douse the domestic fire and save the State from oblivion. The Taliban pose an existential threat to Pakistan, and the Pakistani army is solely responsible for the unenviable situation in which it finds itself today.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091117/jsp/opinion/story_11747024.jsp#

Ajai Shukla: No thanks, you're blacklisted!

Ajai Shukla / New Delhi November 17, 2009, 0:19 IST

Over this last decade, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has “blacklisted” so many foreign arms corporations that the military’s modernisation plan has virtually stalled. The MoD “blacklist” is not a formal document; an arms vendor is mostly embargoed unofficially, when senior bureaucrats agree that it is playing dirty.

The hit list reads like a who’s who of global weapons suppliers, including corporations with good records of delivering arms to India. Starting with Bofors in the late 1980s, the list grew to include Denel of South Africa; Israel Military Industries (IMI); Singapore Technologies Kinetic (STK); and now Thales of France. Earlier this year, the world’s biggest defence contractor, Lockheed Martin, was on the blacklist. Now another global giant, BAE Systems, seems headed there after problems with setting up an assembly line in HAL Bangalore for the Hawk jet trainer.

It is hardly news that arms sales and corruption walk together. Arms vendors routinely bribe political leaders, bureaucrats and senior military officers, not just in India but worldwide. BAE Systems allegedly bribed Saudi Arabian royals with hundreds of millions of dollars in the infamous Al Yamamah contracts. Thales, credibly accused of bribing South African presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma, is also being sued by Taiwan to recover US $590 million allegedly paid in kickbacks to win a deal for six warships. Most arms companies maintain multi-million dollar slush funds to ease the way for their giant deals.

But the Indian MoD is wholly wrong in behaving as if the problem is just one of predatory arms corporations. All those bribes are being paid to somebody; but no MoD official is in jail for having accepted a bribe. Instead South Block’s vendor blacklists grow longer and longer.

These blacklists are now choking defence procurement. The Indian Army’s artillery firepower is grossly inadequate today because — starting from the original Bofors scandal — every time an artillery gun looks like it may be selected by the army, a cloud comes over its vendors. In recent years, the Bofors 155mm towed howitzer has been the standout candidate in repeated Indian trials. But the cloud over Bofors has never really lifted, even though it is now owned by the UK-headquartered BAE Systems.

In the procurement of tracked guns, South African company Denel was to fit a gun turret on the Arjun tank chassis. That was scuttled in 2005 when Denel was unofficially blacklisted over bribery allegations, never proved, in another sale. That also blocked a crucial ammunition factory, being built in George Fernandes’ constituency Nalanda, for which Denel was providing technology. In 2007, IMI replaced Denel as technology partner; this June, after former Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) Chairman Sudipta Ghosh was arrested, IMI was prohibited as well. The Nalanda factory languishes.

Also ostracised after Ghosh’s arrest was STK, whose Pegasus ultralight howitzer was the lone gun being evaluated for the army’s mountain divisions. Despite strong protests from the army (Business Standard, 18th July 2009), that crucial procurement remains blocked. Two new mountain divisions for the Sino-Indian border are being starved of artillery.

“Today, anyone who wants to block an important Indian arms purchase has only to level an allegation against the vendor,” complains an Indian army officer furiously. “Anonymous letters, motivated charges, press reports, whatever… just kick-start an investigation and the MoD will kill the procurement. This is now routine business practice for rival arms dealers and, sooner or later, Pakistan and China will realise how easy it is to stop vital purchases from going through.”

Former OFB Chairman Ghosh was granted bail in July after the CBI failed to file a charge sheet against him. But the seven arms companies (four foreign and three Indian), which were blacklisted after his arrest, remain proscribed.

This situation, ironically, is rooted in Defence Minister AK Antony’s crusade against corruption. But his onslaught has entirely bypassed wrongdoing within his own ministry. And, increasingly, US companies are being let off the hook in situations where lesser mortals might have paid a heavier price. Lockheed Martin, discovered with classified information, was ordered to dispense with the services of its India CEO, Ambassador Douglas Hartwick (Business Standard, 13th July 2009). But it remains in contention for the IAF’s lucrative medium fighter contract.

Similarly, even after the US Department of Justice revealed that the subsidiaries of two US companies, York Navy Systems and Textron, paid bribes to secure defence contracts in India, these companies face no blacklists or restrictions.

In a procurement environment characterised by paranoia, blacklists and dwindling vendor options, India will inevitably drift towards sourcing most of its defence sales from the US, using the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. In this, New Delhi will provide Washington with its requirements; the Pentagon will nominate a vendor and negotiate a price; India will pay and receive the equipment. This will be non-controversial in terms of corruption and kickbacks, but will renew dependency on Washington in the crucial military arena.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/ajai-shukla-no-thanks-you%5Cre-blacklisted/376681/

* 'India's response to Kargil resulted in terror strikes'

STAFF WRITER 15:39 HRS IST

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) India's "timid" response to the Pakistani military ingress in Kargil in 1999 has been blamed by a retired Army General for the series of terrorist strikes beginning with the attack on Parliament in 2001.

He has also come down heavily on the country's then political, executive and military leadership - Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Defence Minister George Fernandes, Army chief General V P Malik and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis - for not standing up to the challenge.

"Our (NDA's political and military leadership's) timid response at Kargil, laid the foundation for future terrorist attacks on India, starting with the attack on the Indian Parliament," former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Harwant Singh says in an article in the coming edition of the Indian Defence Review.

http://www.ptinews.com/news/379120_-India-s-response-to-Kargil-resulted-in-terror-strikes-

Safety & security of Pak nukes

Saeed Ahmed Minhas

Seymour Myron Hersh an United States investigative journalist and regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters has recently tried to sensitise Pakistan nuclear arsenal by writing an article about secret negotiations between Pakistan and United States officials for coordinated physical safety and security of Pakistani nuclear arsenal. Though, the foreign office has termed the assertions made in the article utterly misleading and totally baseless, yet the issue is serious. US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson has also negated the allegations about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal as completely false. Pakistani nuclear arsenal has always been a source of concern among Indian, Israeli and American security cadres. On one pretext or the other, it remains under discussion with regard to its safety and security. Western media keep speculating about Pakistan nuclear arsenal for being accessible to extremist elements in Pakistani society.

The assumption is totally baseless and absurd. Pakistani nuclear weapons meet all kinds of international standards of safety, prime of which is “Permissive Action Link” system (PAL) which do not allow the activation of nuclear weapon of any size and yield till the time required codes do not match for its arming process. The subject system is state of art safety mechanism. Yet the system has been put aside by the Jewish-Indian lobby who have out rightly declared it useless by assuming an irrational hypothetical presumption that what if command of National Command Authority (NCA) hierarchy including Strategic Plan Authority (SPD), falls into the hands of officers with extremist approach or having soft corner for religious extremists? It is an absolutely naïve approach, as the SPD has an extremely sensitive and strict screening of all the officials who are employed in sensitive installations besides maintaining a highly credible and well trained 10,000 security officials as part of security division. Besides that, regular psychological training of all the cadres is a regular affair.

It is important to note that the frequency of terrorist activities is on rise against senior Army officials that too in Islamabad. The question is why it is so? The reasons are obvious. Anti Pakistan elements want to kill number of birds with one arrow. Attack on senior Army officials would increase the security concerns among masses. Secondly, it has been indirectly linked with the security of nuclear arsenal.

The same has been covered by Hersh in his article wherein he writes that, “An Army general was shot dead by gunmen on motorcycles on the streets of Islamabad, the capital. The assassins clearly had advance knowledge of the general’s route, indicating that they had contacts and allies inside the security forces. Pakistan has been a nuclear power for two decades, and has an estimated eighty to a hundred warheads, scattered in facilities around the country. The success of the latest attacks raised an obvious question: Are the bombs safe?” Basically, Hersh wanted to say that the persons at the helm of affairs in nuclear bureucracy can also have links with extremists.Third, extremely obvious query emerges as to why terrorists have choosen streets of posh Islamabad for attacking senior army officers? The reasons are very simple i.e. to terrorise foreign missions in capital, block any kind of foreign investment and present Pakistani society and culture being based on extremist values.

In recent past, a number of terrorist have been directly linked with the safety and security of nuclear arsenal. For instance, right on next day of 10/10 incident i.e. attack on Pakistan Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi, Suddhir Chadda, a renowned Indian journalist wrote in Indian Daily that “The audacious assault by Islamic militants on Pakistan’s army headquarters has raised the questions on Pakistan’s ability to keep the nukes safe from the hands of Islamic terrorists. India is nervous. Israel has lost its sleep.

America is watching closely.” He also went on to say that “America is in full control of the situation and the nukes are in safe hands.” It clearly manifests the yellow journalism which requires a proper response from government officials at helm of affairs. Why are we always shy of implicating India in sponsoring terrorist acts in Pakistan? For instance, during the last week joint press briefing headed by ISPR Chief and Information Minister on progress of Operation “Rah-e-Nijaat”, the information minister passed the question by a journalist about raising the issue of Indian involvement in FATA insurgency at state level to DG ISPR for reply. As per the portfolio, it should have been answered by the honorable minister himself which would have shown strong political will to guard against any such acts by our traditional enemy India.

The Indian and western media dominated by Jewish lobby had also projected the attack on GHQ as evidence of weak security capability to guard against falling of Pakistani nukes into the hands of terrorists. The naïve correspondents of Indian and western media should be mindful of realities on ground that Rawalpindi is a highly busy city and any one would have bumped into the check post which came under attack being very close to the most busiest Mall Road, hence the same can’t be taken as security lapse or over confidence by the security officials. Mind it that, Indians took much longer to control the self created terrorism drama staged at Indian Parliament and Mumbai.

Shaun Gregory, an expert on Pakistani security at the University of Bradford in Britain dwelled yet another superfluous assumption in the July issue of The Sentinel, the monthly journal of the Combating Terrorism Center. He wrote that “the Pakistan military carefully screens and monitors the officers vested with protecting the [nuclear] warheads, drawing them almost exclusively from Punjabi officers who are considered to have fewer links to religious extremists or with the Pashtun area of Pakistan, where the Taliban garners much of its support.” It was an extremely serious maligned effort by the scholar of his stature to create a gap between the daring and selfless officer cadre of Pakistan Armed Forces. Nothing of any kind was written by any of our think tank to put the naïve thought of the Mr. Gregory right as it was simply baseless and erratic assumption. There is no such differentiation between the officers.

Yet another important development is that powers with global agenda are trying to destabilize the current political system of Pakistan. They are dead bent to portray current regime as highly in-efficient and corrupt thereby pressurizing the leaders to succumb to the international pressure for accepting physical access to the nuclear installations under security cover excuse. The same has been strongly rebuffed and no such suggestion has ever been accepted both due to the public emotional attachment to the nuclear arsenal as well as strong military institution. For instance, Gerald Steinberg, a professor of political studies and conflict management at Bar Ilan University in Israel, while referring to the previous administration of President Pervez Musharraf said that “Pakistan’s weapons are less secure today than they were five years ago, and it seems they’re even less secure than under the Musharraf government”. It clearly shows the Israeli negative approach towards our political system despite having no direct links with Pakistani issues.

Lastly, let’s see who is Seymour Myron Hersh, the author of article “Defending the Arsenal.In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?” He is a jewish parented, journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. Hersh s known for writing controversial articles which are meant to either sensitize sensitive issues, for instance issues like US alleged plan to attack Iran, assumption of trading “Khan for Iran” with Pakistan, alleging Pakistan’s plan to support US attack on Iran in lieu of not touching Dr. Qadeer issue internationally, etc. All these have been categorically denied by the stake holders, so much so that in a response to an article in The New Yorker in which Hersh alleged that the US government was planning a strike on Iran, U.S. Defense Department spokesman Brian Whitman said, “This reporter has a solid and well-earned reputation for making dramatic assertions based on thinly sourced, unverifiable anonymous sources. The above mentioned characteristics of the author clearly manifests the traits of the author who has vested interests behind implicating states in different sensitive issues.

However, still the issue raised by the said journalist can’t be ignored. We must respond appropriately to make our so called allies realise that we are not ignorant of our security, soverignty and national pride. Pakistani nation may be busy tackling domestic issues but when it comes to the issues of national security and identity, it responds vigourously with cohesion and unity. National Command Authority, responsible for safety, security and tangible effective employement and deployement of Pakistan nuclear arsenal must keep responding proactively as they have been doing so as to keep the vultures away from the endeard national nuclear programme.

http://pakobserver.net/200911/16/Articles02.asp

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