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Nuclear Pakistan - credit where it is due

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  1. ghazi52

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    Nuclear Pakistan - credit where it is due

    Lt Gen Ghulam Mustafa (Retd)

    May 28, 2019


    The scale and magnitude of the success of Pakistan’s nuclear program can only be understood if it is placed in some kind of measurable context. Let me try doing that.

    Read the book titled” Two Minutes Over Baghdad”; it’s a fascinating story about how Israeli Air Force destroyed Iraq’s nuclear Reactor “ Tammuz One” on 7 June 81 and with it Saddam Hussein’s ambitions of leading Iraq into leadership role of the Arab/ Muslim world. Destruction of this reactor was accompanied by murder of many of Iraq’s leading scientists and engineers effectively sealing any possibility of Iraq going at it again.

    That’s how serious the world was then against any Muslim country becoming nuclear power.

    More recently, Iran’s nuclear ambitions are one of the major reasons for pushing it back into sanctions yet again. And it is not easy for Iranians despite being major oil exporters. When push came to shove, even its strategic ally, India, took no time in deserting it. These sanctions are being enforced through brutal power with more to come because Americans didn’t have to make major naval and other redeployments focused around the Strait of Hormuz merely as show of force.

    In this backdrop, it is pretty sobering to think that technologically primitive Pakistan, not as well-endowed financially as Iraq or Iran and also not as important for anyone as Israel is for America , went around everything and everyone to become a recognised nuclear power and a Muslim country too. If asked to express themselves frankly, only a handful of countries would like Pakistan’s nuclear capability. In fact quite a few would actually vote to take it back. Some wouldn’t mind destroying it physically if possible.

    If ever documented, Pakistan’s journey from apparently innocuous KANUPP (Karachi Nuclear Power Plant) to KRL ( Khan Research Laboratory) onto Chagai Hills would pale the combined genius of John Le Carre, Robert Ludlum and Frederick Forsyth.

    From Dr Usmani to Dr Qadeer and Dr Samar Mubarakmand, from Ayub Khan to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Ishaq khan, Ziaul Haq and Mian Nawaz Sharif, there’s a long list of scientists, engineers and leaders who rightly deserve to be credited for their contributions in developing Pakistan’s nuclear capability. It will be unfair not to recognised Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) for the lions share in this regard. By his own admission, even the wiliest of foxes, Dr Henry Kissinger couldn’t help recognising his genius when he outwitted the good doctor twice. Once on Lahore Airport when Henry Kissinger wanted to discuss Pakistan’s nuclear program, ZAB told him politely that he couldn’t talk about it because of impending elections in Pakistan in 1977 and second time the Dr got hold of ZAB on Paris Airport where he was told that it was pointless to talk about it, this time because of impending elections in America. Only ZAB could do that to Henry Kissinger

    ZAB also doesn’t get credit for one more critical decision that proved to be the game changer. He took this project out of routine bureaucratic channels and set up a special system involving only the most essential offices and persons. He put Army in charge with COAS coordinating all aspects of the program and reporting directly to the PM/ Chief Executive. Everything and everyone else kept changing but this constant, the Army, didn’t. It not only ensured much needed continuity, smooth and easy execution of the program removing all possible administrative and other hurdles but guarded it jealousy the way only army can. But for this crucial measure, who knows what would have happened given the uncertainties and lethargy that afflicts us as a nation.

    Just one of the many incidents to make it clearer; Gen Abdul Waheed Kakar, on his first ever visit to USA was told that Americans are very keen to discuss this program. He response was sharp and clear, “No, Pakistan’s nuclear program is off limits”. As he landed in Washington and was being driven to his hotel, he was informed that Americans are adamant and will bring this subject up during negotiations. They were messing with wrong man. Gen Waheed Kakar ordered his staff there and then, “We are going back. Book our tickets back for Pakistan on the first available flight. I will never talk about something absolutely crucial for Pakistan’s security”. Americans had to concede to the will of this diminutive but rock solid COAS. Others preceding or following him didn’t waver either.

    When we eulogise all others for their great contributions in giving us across the spectrum strategic deterrence, don’t forget this singular and crucial role played by our army. It will also be unfair if we don’t recognise the brave and courageous people of Pakistan without whose unflinching support we would be nowhere.
     
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    " Youm-e-Takbir " May 28 : The Day Pakistan became Nuclear Power.

    Pakistan detonated seven Nuclear devices in response to Indian test in 1998. The test made Pakistan Nation to possess Nuclear weapons and the first in the Muslim World
     
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    Excellent read

    I would rather say if the enthusiastic, passionate & determined ZAB (raheema ullah alaih) did not make it a personal mission and goal, we won't see a nuke program other than a few civilian power production units.
     
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    ZAB is probably the last leftist leader who actually cared for defence.
     
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    Kudos to the brave countrymen who made this possible. But let us reaffirm our oath to protect thus capability and leverage it for peace and prosperity in the world.

    May Allah Transform Pakistan into a true Fortress of Islam and a source of strength for Muslims around the world. Aameen.
     
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    May 28, Youm-i-Takbeer, A day of pride for Pakistan

    Two great Pakistani nuclear physicists Dr. Ishfaq and Mr. Munir are credited among the persons who are called as "father of the Pakistan's atomic bomb project.

    L to R: Mr. Munir Ahmad Khan, Chairman PAEC, Mr. Ghulam Ishaq Khan, then Minister for Finance and Coordination, General K.M. Arif, Vice Chief of Army Staff, and Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, Member (Technical), PAEC. Circa 1983-84. Site: Kirana Hills during the cold tests.


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    Pakistan was able to develop nuclear weapons only due to Afghan jihad
     
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    May 28, Youm-i-Takbeer, A day of pride for Pakistan

    PAEC Chairman Dr. Munir Ahmad Khan, he is credited among the persons who are called as "Father of the Pakistan's atomic bomb project” and Physics Nobelist Abdus Salam (far right) is seen approaching to shake hands with Z. A. Bhutto at the time of the inauguration of KANUPP 1972.


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    who has read long road to chagai.
     
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    Pakistan was destined to become nuke power ... Pakistan started its nuke program in 1974 and by 1983 Pakistan had cold tested its devices.
     
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    It's propoganda to keep Bhutto alive
     
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    But poor ZAB paid the price for his mission to empower his beloved Pakistan.
     
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    Drawing parallels to the fate of the nuclear programs of Syria, Iraq and Iran, is not right, because Pakistani nuclear program was not subjected to sabotaging efforts of any kind. Syria, Iraq and Iran - suffered due to their close proximity to Israel and because these were active contributors to war-effort against Israel. To this day, Iran is.

    All thanks to Allah Almighty for shielding Pakistan's nuclear program from conspiring forces, and special credit to Dr. Qadeer Khan for leveraging his connections in Europe to ensure supply of numerous amount of crucial components to Pakistan for as long as it could be managed.
     
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    Our agencies were on top of the game and still are. One of my relatives in IB caught at least a dozen foreign pay rolled agents snooping around the nuke sites. They tried their best and the Jews even paid for the murder of a Pakistani nuclear engineering student studying at Imperial College London, he was stabbed to death.

    But I know for a fact our spies were operating in Israel (and still do )and had Israeli nuke facilities targeted within Israel.
     
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