Pakistani Military Developments/feb-june 09

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  1. EnlightenedMonk

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    Pak ready for second nuke strike: Report

    Pak ready for second nuke strike: Report

    Pak ready for second nuke strike: Report- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos
     
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    And after all this, Pakistan had the gall to tell the US to concentrate on Afghanistan and not to worry about Pakistan's nuclear arsenal !!!
     
  3. johnee

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    Well, US has taken Pak's advice. US has announced that the priority would be Afghanistan(just saw on TV).

    So, India is back to square one.......
     
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    Deja Vu... our foreign policy falls flat on its face once again... I'm not surprised... we never play our cards well enough...
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...over-Pak-nuke-arsenal/articleshow/4594926.cms

    Army chief expresses concern over Pak nuke arsenal

    30 May 2009, 0130 hrs IST, Rajat Pandit, TNN

    NEW DELHI: The steady flow of reports that Pakistan is fast bolstering its nuclear arsenal is slowly but surely triggering alarm bells in the Indian security establishment, with Army chief General Deepak Kapoor on Friday calling upon the global community to pressure Islamabad to "cap the enhancement of its nuclear capabilities".

    Taking note of media and other reports about Pakistan's drive to increase its arsenal much beyond 60 nuclear warheads, Gen Kapoor said, "If the reports are to be believed, I am told the number (of Pakistan's nuclear warheads) is not limited to 60 but is increasing. So, that is definitely a matter for concern."

    He suggested that the augmentation of nuclear weapons pointed to Pakistan's aggressive intent. "Even if Pakistan is looking at deterrence, they require a minimum amount. But when you keep on increasing it, it becomes a matter of concern," General Kapoor said.

    His comments came a day after foreign minister S M Krishna voiced concern over developments in "our neighbourhood", which he said were being "closely monitored".

    Along with Pakistan's augmentation of its nuclear weapon stockpile and delivery systems
    , the Indian establishment is also closely watching Islamabad's efforts to fast supplement its ongoing enriched uranium-based nuke programme with a weapons-grade plutonium one.

    "Pakistan's two new heavy-water reactors being built at its Khushab nuclear facility, with China's help, are clearly geared towards producing weapons-grade plutonium. This will certainly boost their nuclear arsenal," warned a top official.

    India's nuclear weapons programme, incidentally, has largely been plutonium-based, basically Pu-239 produced in research reactors like Cirus and Dhruva at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

    With the need to factor in both Pakistan and China for its "minimum credible deterrence" posture, estimates indicate India's weapons-grade plutonium stockpile is enough for over 80-90 warheads at present.

    Significantly, while India has a clear and declared "no-first use" nuclear weapons doctrine, Pakistan has deliberately kept its policy for use of weapons of mass destruction quite vague.

    Islamabad, in fact, staunchly believes the ambiguous nature of its nuclear policy deters India from undertaking any conventional military action against it despite repeated provocations.

    The latest US Congressional Research Service report, on its part, holds, "Deterring India's nuclear weapons and augmenting Pakistan's inferior conventional forces are widely believed to be the primary motivation for Islamabad's nuclear arsenal."

    China, India's other security threat, has a huge stockpile of weapons. But while China is in a different league altogether, with its active nuclear missile and submarine programme sending shivers down even America's back, India lags behind even Pakistan in terms of delivery systems for the nuclear warheads.

    With active help from China and North Korea, Pakistan's arsenal of Shaheen and Ghauri series of ballistic missiles as well as Babur cruise missiles have stolen a march over India's missile inventory. Moreover, its F-16 fighters obtained from US have also been configured to deliver nuclear weapons.

    Then again, the prospect of Taliban or other radicals getting access to enriched uranium or nuclear know-how in a strife-torn Pakistan continues to be a real and present danger.

    In fact, some hold that the concern should not be as much about Pakistan's actual nuclear warheads or delivery systems falling into the wrong hands as about the real risk of jihadis gaining the wherewithal to make "dirty bombs".
     
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    Pak's nuke quest pre-dated India's 1974 test: US report

    Pak's nuke quest pre-dated India's 1974 test: US report

    31 May 2009, 2017 hrs IST, Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN


    WASHINGTON: Pakistan began its pursuit of nuclear weapons in 1972 soon after the 1971 war with India, a new US Congressional report has said, challenging the conventional (and Pakistani) narrative that India's first nuclear test in 1974 was the trigger for its weapons quest.

    In a May 15 report to US lawmakers, the Congressional Research Service says Pakistan's nuclear energy program dates back to the 1950s, "but it was the loss of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in a bloody war with India that probably triggered a political decision in January 1972 (just one month later) to begin a secret nuclear weapons program."

    Observers point to the peaceful nuclear explosion by India in 1974 as the pivotal moment which gave additional urgency to the program, it adds. Pakistan has long argued, and falsely represented to the international community, that it was forced to take the nuclear weapons path because it was provoked by India's first nuclear test in 1974.

    While many credulous observers buy into this narrative, other experts point out that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's famous call to nuclear arms in 1972 pre-dated India's test.

    One such expert, White House insider Bruce Riedel, who recently co-authored the Obama administration's Af-Pak policy, offered the following sequence in a recent op-ed, broadly concurring with the CRS report:

    "The origins of the Pakistani nuclear program lie in the deep national humiliation of the 1971 war with India that led to the partition of the country, the independence of Bangladesh and the destruction of the dream of a single Muslim state for all of south Asia's Muslim population. The military dictator at the time, Yahya Khan, presided over the loss of half the nation and the surrender of 90,000 Pakistani soldiers in Dacca. The Pakistani establishment determined it must develop a nuclear weapon to counter India's conventional superiority.

    "The new prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, convened the country's top 50 scientists secretly in January 1972 and challenged them to build a bomb. He famously said that Pakistanis would sacrifice everything and "eat grass" to get a nuclear deterrent. The 1974 Indian nuclear explosion only intensified the quest.

    "Mr. Bhutto received an unsolicited letter from a Pakistani who had studied in Louvain, Belgium, Abdul Qadeer Khan, offering to help by STEALING sensitive centrifuge technology from his new employers at a nuclear facility in the Netherlands. Over the next few years—with the assistance of the Pakistani intelligence service, the Inter Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI)—Mr. Khan would STEAL the key technology to help Pakistan produce fissionable material to make a bomb."

    Both the CRS report and Riedel point to the help China gave Pakistan in its nuclear weapons quest, a subject successive US administrations are leery of broaching for fear of angering Beijing. "Islamabad gained technology from many sources," says the CRS report, adding, "This extensive assistance is reported to have included, among other things, uranium enrichment technology from Europe (stolen by Khan, according to Riedel), blueprints for a small nuclear weapon from China, and missile technology from China."

    Riedel concurs, writing, "China also helped the nascent Pakistani program overcome technical challenges. According to some accounts by proliferation experts, it allowed Pakistani scientists to participate in Chinese tests to help them learn more about the bomb."

    Pak's nuke quest pre-dated India's 1974 test: US report - US - World - The Times of India
     
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    Pakistan may have second strike N-capability: report

    * CRS says Islamabad now has deeply buried storage and launch facilities, air defences around strategic sites, and concealment steps

    LAHORE: Pakistan may have developed a second-strike capability — and nuclear parity with India — a US Congressional report has suggested.d.

    “‘Pakistan has reportedly addressed issues of survivability through second strike capability, possible hard and deeply buried storage and launch facilities, road-mobile missiles, air defences around strategic sites, and concealment measures,” the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in a May 15 report to lawmakers.

    President Asif Ali Zardari was reported as saying in late 2008 that Pakistan will not be the first to use nuclear weapons against India — virtually a no-first-use pact offer. India already has an official no-first-use policy — a stance based on surviving a first strike and then retaliating. Pakistanan’s refusal to rule out a first-strike has been attributed in part to its smaller and more vulnerable arsenal. That aspect now appears to have been addressed.

    According to the CRS report, as the US prepared to attack the Afghan Taliban after September 11, 2001, then president Pervez Musharraf ordered that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal be redeployed to “at least six new secret locations”. “This action came at a time of uncertainly about the future of the region, including the direction of US-Pakistan relations,” the report notes, adding that Islamabad’s leadership was uncertain whether the US would decide to conduct military strikes against Pakistan’s nuclear assets if Islamabad did not assist the US against the Taliban. Indeed, it adds, president Musharraf cited protection of Pakistan’s nuclear and missile assets as one of the reasons for Islamabad’s dramatic policy shift. Exigencies like this and the military face-off with India in 2002 compelled Islamabad to ensure survival of its nuclear arsenal from a first strike.

    According to Michael Krepon of the Stimson Centre, “The guardians of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal currently sit on the horns of a dilemma: Consolidation of Pakistan’s nuclear assets would protect most effectively against insider threats, while dispersion of Pakistan’s nuclear assets would protect most effectively against pre-emption by external threats.” In Geneva, meanwhile, the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament has decided to resume talks on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, aimed at capping production of bomb-grade material.
    Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan
     
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    Pak defence budget gets a 15.5 percent boost

    2009-06-01 14:00:00

    Islamabad, June 1 (ANI): Pakistan Government has decided to increase the defence budget by 15.5 percent for the upcoming financial year to 342 billion rupees.

    According to sources, the operational expenses of the Pakistani Army has increased manifold due to the ongoing war against the Taliban.

    "We are well aware of economic woes of the government but presently survival of Pakistan is dearer than our life and success of the ongoing operation is a must. Therefore, operational expenses would have to be increased in this perspective", The Nation quoted an armed force source, as saying.

    With a raise of 15.5 percent, the salaries and pensions of armed forces personnel is likely to be increased by 20 percent, a finance ministry source said.

    In year 2008-09, the defence budget was 296 billion rupees as against a previous allocation of 275 billion rupees in 2007-08.

    Under the scheduled allocation, the overall defence expenses will be increased amounting to 46 billion rupees in terms of budget volume.

    The budgetary allocations for civil work and defence management are also likely to be increased.

    The shifting of General headquarters will remain deferred during the current financial year, as last year the decision was taken voluntarily by the army chief due to the country's grim economic situation. (ANI)

    Pak defence budget gets a 15.5 percent boost
     
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    this will drag the IRP even more in to the quicksand of disintegration
     
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    Did you mean TRP? ;)
     
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    i would rather prefer Northwest India
     
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    I personally prefer Northwest "corner" of India.
     
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    i think pakistan is like the asuras of mythology they get all they want but still they end up killing themselves
     
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    is pakistan trying to buy Sukhoi 35?
     
  17. John

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    They can't afford it, matter of fact they can't afford to feed their people, how can they get the su-35, no way.
     
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    Good development :D
    Mutiny in 3 Pak infantry brigades?


    With reports of mass desertion, the Pakistan Army-battling the Taliban in the North West Frontier Province-appeared to be in deep trouble.

    The tri-services intelligence recently made a presentation to the military top brass, putting the number of soldiers deserting the forces to be more than 900. Headlines Today possessed these exclusive intelligence inputs.

    According to the inputs, cases of fratricide-soldiers killing soldiers-have shot up in some formations of the Pakistan Army.

    The mutiny has been reported in three infantry brigades-Parachinar, Kohat and Turbat-with at least six recent fratricide cases in the army formations.

    It forced the army to seek the psychiatrists' assistance to help the troops. The report said cases of mutiny within the Pakistan Army were on a sharp rise since 2007.

    The soldiers' toll in the current operations stood at 370 since April 2009.

    Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army ordered a manhunt for Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in Makeen. Taliban leaders Maulvi Nazir and Qari Gulbahadur Jaan also top their list.

    Waziristan leader Qari Zainuddin is supporting the manhunt for Mehsud.

    The report said Mehsud has been maintaining contact with two senior Pak Army officers. The Taliban have extensive prior inputs on the army's movements, it added.

    The army claimed to have smoked out the Taliban from its tribal areas, but intelligence reports say that the Al Qaeda and the Taliban top brass were still very much intact.
     
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    Pak tribal warlord vows to take on Taliban: Rediff.com news

    Pakistani tribal warlord vows to take on Baitullah Mehsud

    A top Pakistani tribal leader has vowed to wipe out the feared warlord Baitullah Mehsud, who has pushed Pakistan close to collapse. 30-year-old Qari Zainuddin, the leader of Taliban [Images] tribesmen opposed to Baitullah, said he had mobilised 3,000 armed followers and will attempt to wipe out the Pakistani Taliban chief and drive his al-Qaeda supporters from the country.

    Baitullah, who has challenged the Pakistan Army [Images] in the lawless South Waziristan tribal area, is considered a global terrorist threat by Western intelligence agencies. Zainuddin told The Sunday Telegraph that Baitullah had betrayed both his religion and his tribe.

    "To fight our own country is wrong. Islam doesn't give permission to fight against a Muslim country. This is where we differ (with Baitullah). What we're seeing these days, these bombings in mosques, in markets, in hospitals; these are not allowed in Islam. We don't agree with them," Zainuddin was quoted as saying by the British daily.

    The US has placed a US $ 5 million bounty on his head, describing him as "key al-Qaeda facilitator". His grip over the Mehsud tribe's area of South Waziristan, which lies on the border with Afghanistan, and where key al-Qaeda commanders have been given sanctuary and support, has been almost absolute for the past three years. But the challenge from Zainuddin threatens to undermine him for the first time.

    Baitullah has sent out hundreds of suicide bombers and staged spectacular attacks across Pakistan. His group said it
    bombed a luxury hotel in Peshawar and assassinated a prominent anti-Taliban cleric in the eastern city of Lahore [Images], an act that was widely condemned.

    According to the report, in the town of Dera Ismail Khan, the mood has been transformed by Zainuddin's emergence. A year ago, no one dared criticise Baitullauh, even in private. Now some people are willing to vent years of silent anguish, during which time they saw their homeland snatched away by his throat-slitting thugs, the report said.

    The Pakistan Army has stepped up attack on the militants, with the military targetting a stronghold of Taliban commander Baitullah in South Waziristan. Terming the stepped up strikes by militants in the country as an attack on the "sovereignty" of Pakistan, President Zardari yesterday underlined his determination to fight the Taliban insurgency to the end. "We are fighting a war for our sovereignty," Zardari said, responding to a spate of deadly terrorist attacks that have killed dozens across Pakistan.

    "We will continue this war until the end, and we will win it at any cost", he said in a televised address, calling upon the nation to unite behind the anti-Taliban cause. The Pakistan Army claims over 1,400 militants have been killed so far in operations in the country's northwest and over 100 soldiers have also died in the fighting.
     
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