Pakistan’s Strategic Nuclear Assets: Why are they a thorn in the side of so many?

January 3, 2010

By Shahid R. Siddiqi.
Axis of Logic

“Pakistan’s nuclear facilities are secure”

Axis of Logic – When India exploded its first nuclear device in 1974, culminating a program launched as far back as 1951, Western powers only reacted with customary “show of concern”. But on the other hand, Pakistan’s nuclear program, initiated in response to the Indian acquisition of nuclear weapons, evoked immediate and “serious concern” from the same Western powers. This discriminatory attitude has since persisted. Pakistan has remained under pressure from the US-led lobby to scrap its program while the Indians remained uncensored.

India has often tried to justify its nuclear program as a counter to the Chinese threat. This is preposterous. China has shown no belligerency towards India. The war of 1962 resulted from India’s arrogance in refusing to amicably settle a boundary dispute with China, just as it has done with Pakistan. And if China was such a big threat why have other countries of the region not complained or scrambled to seek nuclear umbrellas?

Bhutto and the “religious bomb”

“The West simply used Pakistan’s bomb to make Islam and aggression synonymous.”
That Western attitude was discriminatory can also be seen by the religious color it gave to Pakistan’s bomb by calling it an ‘Islamic bomb’.

One has never heard of the Israeli bomb being called a ‘Jewish Bomb’, or the Indian bomb a ‘Hindu Bomb’, or the American and British bomb a ‘Christian Bomb’ or the Soviet bomb a ‘Communist’ (or an ‘Atheist) Bomb’. The West simply used Pakistan’s bomb to make Islam and aggression synonymous, although Pakistan’s bomb was merely for defensive purposes and was not even remotely associated with Islam.

With India going nuclear soon after playing a crucial role in dismembering Pakistan in 1971 and enjoying an overwhelming conventional military superiority over Pakistan (in the ratio 4:1) a resource-strapped Pakistan was pushed to the wall. Left with no choice but to develop a nuclear deterrent to create a balance of power and ward off Indian threat, Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto declared: “Pakistanis will eat grass but make a nuclear bomb”. And sure enough, they did it. But soon both he and the nuclear program were to become non-grata. Amid intense pressure, sanctions and vilification campaign, Henry Kissinger personally delivered to a defiant Bhutto the American threat: “give up your nuclear program or else we will make a horrible example of you.”

And a horrible example was made of Bhutto for his defiance. Bhutto signed Pakistan’s nuclear program with his blood to enable Pakistan to become the 7th nuclear power in the world, forcing India to shun belligerency. Although there has never been real peace in South Asia, at least there has been no war since 1971.

Pakistan’s nuclear program: a deterrent to Indo-Israeli dominion

Ignoring its perspective on acquisition of strategic assets, Pakistan’s Western ‘friends’ refused to admit it to their exclusive nuclear club, pressuring it to give up nuclear ambitions instead. However, expediency made them look the other way when it suited their purpose. In 1980s and post 9/11 when Pakistan was needed to play a key role in Afghanistan as the ‘front line state’, the American spotlights on its nuclear program were switched off.

Pakistan obstructs quest for dominion by India and Israel.
But Pakistan’s nuclear program remained under threat from the foes – India and Israel, who felt their interests were threatened. In collusion, both of them missed no opportunity to directly or indirectly malign Pakistan’s nuclear program or subvert it. Both countries having similar geo-strategic interests in their respective regions, see Pakistan as an obstacle to their designs.

India sees Pakistan as an unnatural creation which, having been carved out of its body, now refuses to submit to its diktat and obstructs its quest for unchallenged domination of South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

Israel looks at Pakistan’s military prowess and its nukes as indirectly strengthening the hands of Arab states with which it has remained in a state of conflict and which it has continued to terrorize all these years. It is conscious that several Arab states look up to Pakistan for military support when faced with external threat to their security that comes mainly from Israel. It is unsettling for Israel to see such a state to be in possession of nuclear weapons.

Israel also cannot overlook the fact that Pakistan Air Force pilots, when flying mostly Russian aircraft, surprised the Israeli Air Force and shot down several relatively superior Israeli jets in air combat in the 1973 Arab Israel war. They shattered the myth of the invincibility of Israeli pilots who believed themselves to be too superior in skill and technology. These Pakistani pilots happened to be assigned to Jordanian, Syrian and Iraqi air forces on training missions when the war broke out and they inconspicuously joined the operations.

The foiled Israeli plan to bomb Kahuta

Having successfully bombed and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981, Israelis were encouraged to launch a similar attack on Kahuta, a village to the east of Islamabad where Pakistan’s nascent nuclear research program was located. In collaboration with India, the Israelis made plans for this mission in early 1980s. Using satellite pictures and intelligence information provided by the CIA, they reportedly built a full-scale mock-up of Kahuta facility in the southern Negev Desert and pilots of F-16 and F-15 squadrons went through mock attack exercises.

According to the story published in London by The Asian Age citing revelations by journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark in their book ‘Deception: Pakistan, the US and the Global Weapons Conspiracy’, the Israeli Air Force planned to launch an air attack on Kahuta in mid 1980s from Jamnagar airfield in Gujarat (India) and land and refuel at a base in northern India. The book claims that “in March 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi signed off (on) the Israeli-led operation, bringing India, Pakistan and Israel to within a hairs breadth of a nuclear conflagration”.

Another report claims that Israel had planned to launch an air strike directly out of Israel. After midway and midair refueling, Israeli warplanes were to shoot down a commercial airline’s flight over the Indian Ocean that routinely flew into Islamabad early morning. The Israelis would have flown in a tight formation to appear as one large aircraft on radar screens preventing detection. Using the drowned airliner’s call sign they would have entered Islamabad’s air space, knocked out Kahuta and flown on to land in Jammu, an Indian airbase, to refuel and make an exit.

“Pakistan reminded the Israelis that Pakistan was no Iraq and that the Pakistan Air Force was no Iraqi Air Force.”
Reliable reports say that in mid 1980s this mission was actually launched one night. But the Israelis were in for a big surprise. They discovered that Pakistan Air Force had already sounded an alert and had taken to the skies in anticipation of this attack. The Indo-Israeli mission had to be hurriedly called off.

Pakistan reminded the Israelis that Pakistan was no Iraq and that Pakistan Air Force was no Iraqi Air Force. Using indirect channels, Pakistan is reported to have conveyed that an attack on Kahuta would force Pakistan to lay waste to Dimona, Israel’s nuclear reactor in the Negev Desert. Pakistan drew up contingency plans for retaliatory strike on Dimona in case of any future Israeli misadventure. India was also warned that Islamabad would attack Trombay if its facilities in Kahuta were hit.

The above quoted book claims that “Prime Minister Indira Gandhi eventually aborted the operation despite protests from military planners in New Delhi and Jerusalem.”

This Indo-Israeli plan was also confirmed by a paper published by the Australian Institute for National Strategic Studies. It stated,

“Israeli interest in destroying Pakistan’s Kahuta reactor to scuttle the ‘Islamic bomb’ was blocked by India’s refusal to grant landing and refueling rights to Israeli warplanes in 1982.”

Clearly India wanted to see Kahuta gone but did not want to face retaliation against its own nuclear facilities at the hands of Pakistan Air Force. Israel, on its part wanted this to be a joint Indo-Israeli strike so that Israel alone would not be held responsible.

The Reagan administration also showed reluctance to support the plan as any distraction on Pakistan’s part at that juncture would have hurt American interests in Afghanistan where Pakistan was engaged as key US ally against the Soviets.

The Propaganda Campaign

Although the two countries had to give up plans to hit Kahuta, they continued their diatribe against Pakistan’s nuclear program through an organized propaganda campaign which has been accelerated today. Israel used its clout over the American political establishment and the Western media to create hysteria. India also worked extensively to promote paranoia. Pakistan’s program was branded as unsafe, insecure and a threat to peace, although it is technically more sound, much safer and more secure than that of India and has ensured absence of war in the region.

Use of terrorists to destabilize Pakistan

The US invasion of Afghanistan provided another opening for the Indo-Israeli nexus to target Pakistan’s strategic assets. This time the strategy was to present Pakistan as an unstable state, incapable of defending itself against religious extremist insurgents, creating the specter of nuclear assets falling into their hands in Islamabad. This was achieved by creating a proxy organization – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pak-Afghan border areas where they recruited rogue elements and spread chaos to destabilize Pakistan through terrorism. Suggestions were floated that in view of the possibility of Pakistan succumbing to extremists, its nuclear assets should be disabled, seized or forcibly taken out by the US. Alternatively, an international agency should take them over for safe keeping.

Pakistan has paid a high price in terms of civilian and military casualties but it has foiled the conspiracy and thwarted the threat. As a result of operations by Pakistan Army in Swat, South Waziristan and other areas in FATA, TTP terrorists have either been eliminated or are on the run. With the insurgency crushed, peace is returning to these former havens of terrorism.

Pakistan has made it clear that it would act decisively against any attempt by any quarter to seize its nuclear assets. The resulting situation would be disastrous as it could send South Asia up in flames.

The Indo-Israeli nexus is losing the initiative. But as long as the American umbrella is not denied, Afghanistan will remain a playground for these mischief mongers. It is now up to the US to walk its talk if it is sincere about its claim that it wants to see a secure and stable Pakistan. It must put an end to conspiracies to destabilize Pakistan.
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  1. 10/10 for this article. Pakistan Zindabad

    • The way in which pakistani bomb is known as islamic bomb for whatever reasons may ALLAH make pakistan nation as a nation for whole ummah and pakistan’s army as islamic army or muslim army.ameen ya rabbal aalameen

  2. A common man does not know that how long it takes to assemble a bomb.If takes that long as it took in ’98,that time lag is too much.But as we have full confidence in Allah & in our Armed forces,we do not have to worry.

    One assumption is that,Pakistan took too long for retaliation,giving plenty of time to western forces to dissuade us from exploding and our insistance did amount to “rebellion”(so to say).

    May be,this assumption is wrong.As Sh.Rashid (an insider) says that (La Samh Allah)i.e KHUDA NA KHWASTA,if there is a nuclear war,we will In Sha Allah,bring down many before going down.

  3. lol why you love to take your name along with India?
    India is a emerging superpower with huge economies while Pakistan lives on US aid when Americans are bombing you daily! lol

    • @akhmed
      Y then r u comparing to pakistan if u r big enough and a power then compare with china ofcourse brhman banya’s india is no match to mao’s china.

  4. @ AKHmed or Indian

    😀 😀

    How confident you feel in representing urself is quite evident when u have to hide behind a PAKISTANIS NAME …to leave a comment 😀 😀

    Dont worry its fine – we know ..you indians dont have balls to face us ! 😀 :D…After all we ruled your ass for 1000 years and we still do in many ways …lol lol 😀 😀

    Ur huge economies maybe growing but people defecating out in the open has increased to 65 %…and not to mention the world slum area and the biggest AIDS endemic and 80 % of the indian population which lives on 1 dollar a day is justified !

    lol …not to mention all the new people demanding states in ur country.

    Ur growth rate has already stunted …no wait for other activities to wind down…Pakistan has always lived whether on aid or trade but we will survive ..lol 😀 😀

    Worry about urself !

  5. Yes india is an emerging super power with 45% of it is controled by Nexilites.

    Yes India is an emerging power when playing in the laps of USA AND ISRAEL

    Yes India is an emerging power like it was during Soviet War

    India always ride the Drowning ship
    History tells that India took a side of Soviets and Soviets lost the war.
    Now India is Playing in the lap of USA and USA is almost lost the war in Afghanistan.

    So We can assume that SO CALLED EMERGING POWER always plays foolish and takes a side of a lost one.

    When in case of Pakistan, We are on our own and we do not play in the laps of USA AND ISRAEL.

      O may God, this is Hilarious, 45% controlled by Nexilites……

      Pakistan Zindabaad.

    • I am not sure what you are talking about.. the fact is Pakistan is surviving on US aid or international community aid.. type economy of pakistan in Google & see what results coms.. We even cannot stop the Drone attacks Americans are doing on our soil… let alone the Suiside attacks .. I am not praising India but fact is Pakistan is much worse shape ..

      • @Pak Zindabad

        We have no interest in insulting India and we do know there are numerous probs faceing Pakistan, but if Indians come and try to show us we are lower than them or they are somehow an emerging as a world power…than we really have to show them the real ugly face of India!

      • facing*

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  7. Pakistan is in horrible economic condition and is a client state forever.

    Pakistan should know that USA has let Pakistan to make Nuclear bombs to keep India in Check.

    Pakistan was always a toy in the hands of USA or China to harass Indians.

    Pakistanis think that they are powerful on their own, but the truth is its the USA and China who made Pakistan powerful to harass Indians.

    For Indians Pakistan is just a weapon used by Americans and Chinese.

    Pakistan should not do something stupid to anger Chinese and Americans.

    But Pakistanis are playing double game with the Mighty Americans, Pakistanis think that China will save Pakistan from USA.

    If India convinces USA to stop the Military and Economic aid. Then India should plan a attack to tear off the Baluchistan but Americans and Russians should keep China away from helping Pakistan till the war ends.

    Pakistan should know that Powerful countries can get friend but not a weak country like a Pakistan.

    In future USA and India will control whole of South Asia and keep the China in check. Russia will always be there for Indians, some powerful European countries are also excited about Indians.

    I think the future for Pakistan is hopeless, depending entirely on USA for money and blindly depending on Chinese weapons , Pakistan is just being used as a tool by the Americans and Chinese.

    Pakistan forgot how Indians tore the Pakistan into two to create Bangladesh, during the creation of Bangladesh did the Americans and Chinese helped the Pakistanis, NOOOOO.

    Today is more powerful, its new friends are mighty Americans, with Americans favorable to Indians whole of Europe will be silent when India will attack Pakistan.

    Pakistan thinks that its Nuclear bombs, 1 million Terrorists and China will save them from Indians who are backed by USA, Russia, UK, France and EU.

    I wish Pakistanis realize that Kashmir can be shared but can not be snatched. If Indians and Pakistanis can share Kashmir together , we Pakistanis and Indians can rule South Asia without USA or China’ help.

    • @Indian

      Who the hell told you US let Pakistan create Nuclear bomb to keep slumdog Indians in check?? A spy for the US was caught in the 80’s who was trying to cause serious damage to the Pakistan nuclear program, ex ISI agents have stated! Many were even killed while trying to get nuclear material in sting operations in US/Europe!

      The friendship with China is one of mutual respect and equal partnership! Both countries have helped each other at various times! It is an all weather friend of Pakistan!

      India will rule south Asia in ur dreams or in ur cheap a$$ bolly movies, China has surrounded India by ports in all the neighboring countries eg Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mayanmar (several ports), and the Malacca straits. Your Indian navy chief has already cried about the Gwadar port in Balochistan stating it could pose serious implications for India!

      The US cannot leave Pak, coz if they do they are doomed in Afghanistan completely. They cannot survive in Afghanistan for more than 3 days if Pakistan stops all 75% supplies to NATO/US soldiers!

      We know how much ‘Mighty’ Americans love u guys when they said Tibet is China’s part, this was a slap on ur faces! If US tries to do anything to China, they will simply collapse the dollar, which would rip apart the US.

      When you remind of us of Bangladesh don’t even forget 1947!

      Pakistan won’t need Chinese/US or any friend when it chooses to use it’s nuclear bombs!

      • Bohat pitai kar di hai yaar becharey “Indian” ki. O yaar zara aram se mar jaeey ga…..


      • WOW what a reply by IM but one important thing is missing.Muslims dont need friends like ur new hindu god united states of israeli infact what muslims need more is the help of ALMIGHTY ALLAH.HE alone is enough for us.

      • @ IM
        WB Bro,,, Nice to hear from u.. long time..

    • A joke is a joke man i mean we broke you in 1947 and will certainly do it again!.M A Jinnah famously left Gandhi spinning his dhoti by the wheel as he helplessly looked on whilst Pak was created right before the very eyes of your ancestors!!

      Pak is a miracle country furthermore can’t you see that your doomsday predictions over the past 60 years have always been inaccurate!.We’ll make you salute the star/crescent when we invade Delhi so wait up!

      • @Mu-salman khan
        Rightly said, all we need is Allah swt and Insha’Allah we will be able to face all sorts of trials and tribulations!

        Thx … gr8 to be back!
        btw I’m a girl! =)

      • @ IM

        My Mistake,,,
        NO wonder Girls are so good with the pen!

        Keep writing! U Rock! 🙂

  8. Because these weapons have saved Pakistan from aggression in the last 2 decades.


  9. stop the bravado talk and start bringing down the drones bombing the tribal areas of pakistan it has already killed seven hundred civillians this year
    do this and then i will take the pak army seriously

    • valid question please make a peace rally against drone attacks unless they stop it or otherwise compel ur government to take action against drones.This is very serious issue.

    • Bring down your fu** democratic GOV and simply tell your gr8 allies the U.S to take a hike or leave them with no logistics… C how it brings the change…

  10. True.
    We got a chance when Hillary was here.Nobody supported Jama’at Islamis’s call of “Go America GO” .Neither Imran,nor Nawaz.Which made Hillary to remark”Only religious extemeists are against us.”

    Let us rise above party politics.

  11. stop the drone attacks on pakistani soil by america
    that has killed well over seven hundred people so far
    the only country in the world that lets this happen
    pak army show some back bone not just rhetoric talk
    you bunch of tossers

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