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Pak. reiterates its Credible Minimum Deterrence

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by Virajith, Sep 9, 2013.

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  1. Virajith

    Virajith Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    The National Command Authority (NCA) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reviewed developments at the regional level and reiterated that, as a responsible nuclear weapons state, Pakistan would continue to adhere to the policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence, without entering into an arms race with any other country. However, it will not remain oblivious to the evolving security dynamics in South Asia and would maintain a full spectrum deterrence capability to deter all forms of aggression, according to an official statement.

    The meeting on Thursday underscored Pakistan’s commitment to play its due part as a mainstream partner in the global non-proliferation regime, and renewed Pakistan’s keen interest in joining the multilateral export control regimes on non-discriminatory basis, the statement pointed out. Pakistan has the requisite credentials for full access to civil nuclear technology for peaceful purposes to meet its growing energy needs for continued economic growth. The meeting noted the importance of Pakistan’s positive outreach and enhanced engagement with all the multilateral export control regimes including membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

    The NCA emphasised that Pakistan will continue to participate constructively in the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process. As a responsible nuclear weapons state with advanced technology and four-decades long experience in safe and secure operation of nuclear power plants, Pakistan is ready to share its expertise with other interested states by providing fuel cycle services under IAEA safeguards and by providing training placements at its Centres of Excellence on nuclear security, the statement said.

    The meeting was attended by all members of the NCA, the Federal Ministers of Finance and Interior, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Services Chiefs.

    The NCA reaffirmed the centrality of Pakistan’s nuclear programme for the defence of the country and reposed full confidence in Pakistan’s “robust†nuclear Command and Control structure and all the security controls related to strategic assets of the country.The NCA also reviewed the developments at the international level and took note of the discriminatory trends and policies that could have serious implications for Pakistan’s national security and the global non-proliferation regime. The NCA reiterated that while maintaining its principled position on various arms control and non-proliferation issues, Pakistan would continue to oppose any arrangement that is detrimental to its security and strategic interests. As for the proposed Fissile Material (Cut-Off) Treaty [FM(C)T], Pakistan’s position will be determined by its national security interests and the objectives of strategic stability in South Asia, the statement added.

    Earlier, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had countered a The Washington Post article which said that a on U.S. intelligence community’s ‘black budget’ by reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to disarmament and non proliferation. “A 178-page summary of the U.S. intelligence community’s “black budget†shows that the United States has ramped up its surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear arms, cites previously undisclosed concerns about biological and chemical sites there, and details efforts to assess the loyalties of counter**terrorism sources recruited by the CIAâ€.

    He referred to the U.S. State Department statement which welcomed this position. In a statement, a U.S. State Department spokesperson on Thursday had said the U.S. is confident that the Pakistan government is well aware of its responsibilities and has secured its nuclear arsenal accordingly. While there is room for improvement in the security of any country’s nuclear programmes, Pakistan has a professional and dedicated security force that fully understands the importance of nuclear security. “We recognise that Pakistan is fully engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues , and is working hard to ensure its strategic export controls are in line with international standards.†The statement said that Pakistan is a state party to both the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention and is a partner is the global initiative to combat nuclear terrorism. Regular discussions are held with Pakistan, it added on a range of issues on importance shared interests, including nuclear security, counter terrorism and fostering a stable Afghanistan.


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  2. Himanshu Pandey

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    it will be good for region and for pakistan if it will not enter in any arm race.. as it is between china and India it will be big and costly and will have very negative effects of their economy if they enter in it.
     
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    Parity is what that has killed them for the last decade. And is seems the new GoP is also following the same path.
     
  4. Jungibaaz

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    We're already in an arms race, sadly.

    It hasn't been killing us yet, but it will if things continue like this.
     
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    Hope sense prevails and they concentrate on infra. There is a credible deterrence, so there is nothing that is gonna happen in a short while for next 5 years. But are we asking too much ? i guess i think so.
     
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    Soviet Union,with all its might,disintegrated because mainly of arms race with US. It will be suicidal for Pakistan.
     
  7. Himanshu Pandey

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    pakistan needs a strict gun law so people can see sense.. its hard to see it with gun in hand... and only sense and determination to make it rich and powerful will help it not millions of arms
     
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    no.. it was not only arm race.. it was stupidity combined... guns arms and heavy industries were blooming and cigrate, food, TV and other things wwere getting sold on black.. as their leaders tried to do all by themselves.. and USSR was more a fortress of communism rather then a nation which was reason of its failure( there is another fortress too with same problems)
     
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    Right, In fact, that should be one of the national issues. The gun culture has swept Pakistan and has made crime a hundred times worse. Take Karachi for example. There was a time before the 80's in Karachi where it was hard to find guns, and if you did find ind guns they wouldn't be automatic rifles, no sir old rifles and light calibre pistols. Most crime involved knives, knuckle-dusters, those sort of things. Then we had shipments of the AK-47 and ever since, along with drugs, refugees you find guns.

    The situation is so bad that we have certain 'no-go' areas in Karachi, where police don't dare venture, rangers conduct ops.
     
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    Everything goes back to the source of tensions, and that is above all; Kashmir.
    Pakistan can't afford an arms race with India, and if both the government and army are smart, they wont drag themselves in one. It looks to me like they will always look to China to provide some sort parity with India for our armed forces.

    Still, the main point here is that, as long as the territorial disputes remain, China and India will ignite an arms race and India and Pakistan may see one too.
     
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    Are civilian assault weapons legal in Pakistan?
     
  12. Himanshu Pandey

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    true... with the participation in afghan jehad all evils has came to your nation...and jia was just the last thing needed to prevail arms and radical culture. before jia we were enemies because of land disputes and ambitions to be more powerful.. after jia we are enemies who are not ready to stop before another get eliminated from earth.. and saying anything less then this will brand you a traitor.

    I thank god that people of India are not so much war-mongers they know how to fight and they fight well and equal to any other nation but not interested in killing millions just because they are your enemies or fallow different religion. a civil dis-obedience may have corrected the path in pakistan and that would have helped to tone down a lot of issues but with guns and nukes.. that option too is out... hope democracy will give something better to your nation as I hope it will give to us this time.

    yes they are,, you can have your own collections of weapons and ammunition. license is not required/not compulsory.
     
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    Let Pakistan continue playing catch up with India & waste their money, why should we worry? This has been going on since 1947 anyways...
     
  14. Jungibaaz

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    Depends on province and division. Otherwise where they are legal you need a license.
    From place to place, the norm is that handguns of most calibres are legal, shotguns most of them again legal, assault rifles and sub machine guns are illegal in some parts. But even there, they are easy to find and on the black markets quite cheap.

    But as you go out to rural areas, tribals, these guys have all sorts of weapons, I've seen tribals with RPG's, heavy calibre MG's and LMG's.
     
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    we worry because too much stored arms means they can go into terrorist hands and thats not a good thing for us.
     
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