Threat to destroy Indian N-plant stopped attack on Kahuta

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    Threat to destroy Indian N-plant stopped attack on Kahuta
    By Iftikhar A. Khan
    Friday, 28 May, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan had warned India in the early 80s that an attack on nuclear assets in Kahuta would evoke a retaliatory strike on its Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Trombay.This has been revealed by the then Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal M. Anwar Shamim, in his book “Cutting Edge PAF” launched here on Thursday.

    Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee Admiral (retd) Iftikhar Ahmad Sirohey, former Air Chief Air Marshal (retd) Tanvir Mahmood Ahmad, Lt-Gen (retd) Kamal Matinuddin and former foreign minister Gohar Ayub Khan attended the ceremony.

    According to Air Chief Marshal (retd) Shamim, he was called by the then president Gen Zia Ul haq in 1979 to discuss air defence of the nuclear assets in Kahuta. Gen Zia had reliable information that India was planning to attack and destroy Kahuta.

    He says he told the president that Kahuta was an indefensible site because it was at three minutes flying time from the border. The reaction time was about eight minutes and by the time the PAF aircraft would reach the area the enemy would have completed the job and would be safe in their territory.

    Gen Zia asked how could the most vital deterrent in the country’s armoury be defended and the answer was to acquire most modern aircraft and advanced weapons and the PAF would destroy India’s advanced nuclear facility at Trombay, if they embarked upon this rash course of action.

    “We will inflict more damage to them than they can do to us”.

    He says he told the president that the multi-role F-16 aircraft with the latest weapons were the best and most suited to meet PAF’s needs.He says that in 1981 the US administration offered F-5Es to be later augmented by F-5Gs, but Pakistan refused to accept any aircraft other than F-16s. This was finally accepted by the United States.

    Pakistan received the first batch of F-16 aircraft in January 1983, and he wrote a letter to the president about the task given to him.

    “I am now in a position to confirm that Indians will not attack Kahuta because it is amply clear to them that we will retaliate and launch an attack on their atomic station in Trombay, and knowing that they will suffer much more devastation than us, will desist from taking any unwise action”.

    He says he told the then secretary of science and technology, Munir Hussain, who was going abroad to attend an international conference on atomic energy, to inform his Indian counterpart of consequences of any adventure to attack the nuclear assets of Pakistan.

    When he talked to his Indian counterpart, he said: “No brother, we know your capability and we will not undertake such a mission.”

    He says that he also requested Lt-Gen Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, the foreign minister at that time, to declare at an appropriate time the intention of retaliating if any action was taken against the country’s nuclear assets.

    “I think he did that while he was in New York. I also invited senior editors of newspapers to inform them of the capability that we had acquired and safeguarded our nuclear assets. They asked pertinent questions and I answered them. As expected the news was published in Indian newspapers next day”.

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    by giving f- 16 to Pakistan USA more or less secured pakistans nuclear program, later USA forgave pakistan for AQ Khan proliferation and now USA
    is ok with the Chinese and Pakistani nuclear deal. All these things should make it obvious to India USA wants Pakistan to be a nuclear nation and we
    should erase the thoughts of USA ending their nuclear program. USA maybe ok with the china-pak nuclear deal to be a counterweight to the Iranian
    nuclear program?But it is doubtful since China is also helping Iran in their program.
     
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    check out the map and adjoining Indian airbases and count there numbers.In any circumstances any attack on BARC by pakistan was sure out of question.
     
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    If ever india had plan for Kahuta it may not have got held back due to pakistani threat but due to the presence of americans in the region due to afghan war.
     
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    i 've heard many better nonsense ideas than this pakistani media they are nothing but the big fart in the media.BTW in 1980s india never had diplomatic relations with Israel as most of the time it was suggested that india was planning to attack in collaboration with Israel to attack kahuta.The thing is in early 1980s Indian army out maneuvered PA on siachin and that is still seen as huge defeat of zia in pakistan..so Pakistan in order to save its what ever left reputation creates such a nice sounding stories.......There are stories in pakistani media about how PAF bombed Indian army fighting along side LTTE in Jaffana and then there are stories HOw PA is defeating and killing indian army in 1000s in its 1000s consulates in Afghanistan...

    Do you people think that blasting nuke reactor is so easy? i'm sure if they had bunker busters in 1980s(citation needed)...otherwise its always being hot air by pakistan.
     
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    Everyone knows this AJTR. Thanks for reminding though.
     
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    It was USA that saved you


    http://www.historycommons.org/timel...twork_tmln_israeli_attitude_to_pakistan_nukes


    1979: Israel Considers Strike on Pakistani Nuclear Facility, but Backs Down after US Objections


    Israel considers attacking a key part of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program. The idea is sparked when the Indian intelligence service Research and Analysis Wing intercepts a US cable saying that Pakistan will be able to explode a bomb within two or three years (see 1979). The Israelis knew that Pakistan was working on a nuclear weapons project, but thought it was not close to making such progress. Shocked by the Pakistani advances, they begin to plan a pre-emptive strike against one of the Pakistani facilities, the laboratory of scientist A. Q. Khan in Kahuta. However, the US learns of the plan and pressures the Israelis to put it on ice, which they do
     

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