Pakistan wants a nuclear deal too

And it is singing off its old song-sheets

Gen Musharraf may not have played it up on his recent trip to Washington, but Pakistan is continuing to pursue the line that it should be offered similar nuclear co-operation deals as India. If not, and as is usual with Pakistan the ‘if not’ is the more important part, not only will it be ‘constrained to look for other sources to meet its energy needs’ but also warned that there will be ‘no stability’ in the region if India is favoured and Pakistan ignored. Mercifully, unlike in the case of the P3-C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft, the war on terror has not been used to justify this demand.

In other words, it’s back to blackmail. While it may be justified for Pakistan to explore alternative suppliers of nuclear technology and fuel, its attempt to link regional stability to being treated in the same manner of India is entirely bogus. That it has the audacity to demand it speaks volumes for the manner in which the United States and India allowed Musharraf to cover up Pakistan’s dubious role in putting weapons of mass destruction in the hands of some of the world’s worst regimes.

With the passage of time, Pakistan’s demands will increase in their vociferousness, even as it calculates that it need not come clean on its shady nuclear dealings. That is one reason why the matter of A Q Khan must not be allowed to die a quiet death. Also, it is necessary for India and the United States to emphatically reject the bogey of regional instability, which is a neat term that Pakistan uses to describe its own potential to either rock the boat (as in this case) or to implode. More reasons then, to get to the bottom of the matter of the Centrifugist and his military bosses.

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  3. PAKISTAN IS CONFIUSED AS WELL AS AMERICA , PAKISTANT THINK THAT INDIA IS IN WEAPON RACE WITH HER WERE AS INDIA IS BUILDING IT WAR CAPABILITY AGAINST CHINA PAKISTANT SHOULD UNDERSTAND EVEN TODAY INDIA IS MUCH POWERFUL PAKISTAN BUT PAKISTAN IS USE THESE PHARASES TO BLACKMAIL AMERICA WERE AS AMERICA KNOW THAT SHE HAVE TO HELP INDIA BECAUSE IT IS UPCOMING SUPER POWER FROM REGIONAL POWER AND AS A PARTENER AGAINST COMMUNIST CHINA AS BOHT ARE DEMOCRASIES AND THE IRONY IS THAT PAKISTANT ARE REGIONAL ALLIES AND IT KNOWN TO EVERY ONE THAT CHINA AND NORTH KOREA ARE NEUCLEAR ARMY SUPPLIER TO PAKISTAN AND PAKISTAN IS INVOLVED IN NEUCLEAR PROLIFERATION TO IRAN, N.KOREA AND AFERICAN COUNTRIES
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  4. I think people are underestimating what is happening in Pakistan. Some, rightly or wrongly, equate it with the Meiji restoration that happened in Japan. On the outside they may give the impression of a confused mass, but it’s preparing for something big that Indians might be underestimating. It would have been a good thing if Pakistanis were not hostile towards India, but they are. It might be worth it for Indians to pay due attention to Pakistan instead of thinking only about China.

    They would eventually get international nuclear co-operation too, and I’m sure people giving it won’t always think about all the consequences of giving it prematurely. Atleast history doesn’t give me many such instances.

  5. Sachin, a conspiracy theory about what Pakistan’s up to with a positive twist? That’s a first. Heck, why not. They’ve been beaten up so many times in so many ways, they deserve a break … NOT!
    The only positive surprise I expect from them is that they are changing their name to (West)Punjabistan, and granting sovereignty to the the other provinces.
    I say we manage these guys till we grow economically and militarily to a point where we can choke the air off to their military. Then set their people free, and strangle their two-paisa dictatorships once for all.

  6. I would’ve been optimistic about Pakistan’s ‘restoration’ if it had never had a democracy. The problem is that it has tasted democracy and all the instances have failed miserably. Pakistanis won’t look up to being democratic even if they do have it tomorrow. The internal initiave towards democracy will not have the strength as it might have had if it had never known it.
    The generals and religious fanatics will always be there to fill the void, their existance made sure by the need of ‘democratic’ politicians to use them during elections. That’s what makes the ‘restoration’ all the more dangerous. Big powers will always need the central asian republics with huge energy resources and will keep winking at their excesses just like in Saudi Arabia and even Iraq. Iran with majority Iraq (with shia populations) will\are grow\ing away from western influence and they will need allies in this world to survive. With this, Pakistan has ready allies in central asia and on its west, not just because of sharing the similar islamic idealogies.

    Pakistan has managed to fool\coerce the world this long without having any known valuable reason (oil, gas, etc.) except for their geographic location and short term needs of the west. With the nuclear weapons value addition the plot has changed. Meiji restoration eventually was not all that good for the world, and I’m not sure about this one either.

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