By Sajjad Shaukat
Since the militants’ attack on Pakistan Navy’s airbase in wake of continued wave of terror-events in the country, US-led some western countries including India and Israel have intensified their campaign against the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.
In this regard, on June 9, American CIA Chief Leon Panetta expressed fears that there is a danger that Pakistani nuclear weapons could fall into wrong hands. On May 24, the head of NATO in Afghanistan, Anders Fogh Rasmussen also stated, “He was confident that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons were safe, but admitted that security had become a matter of concern, the day after the worst assault on a Pakistani military base.”
On May 25, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony said that India is concerned about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal after a group of terrorists laid siege to a heavily guarded naval air base also revealing, “our services are taking all precautions and are ready round-the-clock.”
Some reliable sources suggest that there is solid evidence that Indian intelligence agency, RAW conducted terror-attack at Karachi naval base with the tactical support of American CIA and Israeli spy agency, Mossad. For that purpose, these agencies got the services of a group of Al Qaeda which is also collectively being used by the anti-Pakistan lobbies of the US, India and Israel which are determined to ‘denuclearise’ Pakistan as the latter is the only Islamic country, possessing atomic weapons.
In fact, CIA-led RAW and Mossad which are already behind suicide attacks, bomb blasts and targeted killings in Pakistan have continuously been manipulating the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a US military raid in Pakistan on May 2. These elements are distorting the image of Islamabad in the comity of nations by indicating that other leaders of Al Qaeda have also taken shelter in Pakistan. Meanwhile, America has also increased drone attacks on Pakistan, which could also include Balochistan and other major cities of the country. At the same time, by setting aside the joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament, protesting the violation of the country’s sovereignty in relation to Abbottabad raid, US Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, during his trip to Afghanistan, had clearly stated on May 15 that the US will consider “all options” including high-value targets in Pakistan, if it has intelligence that the elusive Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar is hiding in Pakistan.” On May 22, the US President Obama also expressed similar thoughts in a BBC interview.
It is mentionable that while in the last few years, US-led NATO countries have continuously been insisting upon Pakistan to ‘do more’ against the militancy in the tribal regions in order to stop cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan, on June 1, more than 500 heavily armed and well-trained militants who entered Pakistan’s Upper Dir area from Afghanistan, killed more than 30 police and paramilitary soldiers, targetted a chekpost and also destroyed two schools.
In this connection, on June 7, Ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, European Union and Luxembourg, Jalil Abbas Jilani met Assistant Secretary General (Operations) of the NATO Headquarters in Brussels to convey the country’s concern over the recent cross-border incursion from Afghanistan—emphasised timely NATO/ISAF action to prevent such incursions as well as sharing of information about hideouts of such elements in Afghanistan and their support mechanism. However, this was a diplomatic protest, In fact, neither the US-led NATO forces stopped the Taliban-related insurgents when they entered Pakistani territory nor they attacked them, while fighting with Pak security forces continued for three days. As a matter of fact, especially America had itself encouraged and supported this cross-border terrorism in Pakistan. In this respect, CIA, RAW and Mossad have well-established their network in Afghanistan to destabilise Pakistan.
It is notable that without bothering for any internal backlash inside our country through drone attacks and threats of high-value targets, Washington can further accelerate its pressure on Islamabad by insisting upon its old maximum to ‘do more’ against the Al Qaeda-related militants. While by creating unrest in Pakistan through various subversive acts, Washington wants to show to western countries that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are insecure and the same can fall into the hands of Al Qaeda-related miscreants who can use these fatal arms inside Europe and American homeland.
The US has already got the sympathies of its western allies against Pakistan, so after creating coming drastic scenario, it will ask Islamabad to rollback its nuclear programe and to hand over its all nuclear assets to Washington. In case of refusal, US can conduct full-fledged aerial strikes on Pakistan—its nuclear and military installations and religious institutes (Madrassas) so as to further weaken the country. But there is another option for the United States. With the help of western powers, the US can impose economic sanctions on Pakistan or can declare the latter as defaulter in connection with the payments of debts.
It is of particular attention that in 2009 when the heavily-armed Taliban entered Swat, Dir, Buner and other adjoining areas, US high officials and their media had exaggerated the Talibinisation of whole Pakistan, while showing concerns about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. In that context, on April 22, 2009, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said that Taliban “advances pose “an existential threat” to Pakistan, while on April 23, she had warned that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists.
When Pakistan’s armed forces ejected the Taliban insurgents out of Swat, Dir and Buner by breaking their backbone—capturing many militants, then American high officials had admired the capabilities of Pak Army. Nevertheless, at present strained relations exists between Islamabad and Washington, so they have again revived their old blame game against Islamabad regarding the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
It is noteworthy that while taking cognisance of the ongoing anti-Pakistan developments, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disclosed on June 7 that there was “accurate information…Americans are to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear facilities to find dominance over the country.” While also indicating Zionist regime behind the conspiracy, he elaborated that for this purpose, the US can also use “the United Nations Security Council and some other international organisations as tools to exercise pressure on Pakistan and weaken its national integrity.”
It is worth-mentioning that before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a deliberate disinformation campaign was launched by the CIA all over the world that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMDs). For that sinister aim, CIA also funded and used some American and western media. In that context, a self-fabricated report was prepared by CIA about Iraq. Afterwards, Iraq was attacked and occupied by the Anglo-American forces, but no WMDs were found. As a matter of fact, under the cover, main aim of the United States was to occupy the oil resouces of that country.
Similarly at present, under the pretext of Talibanisation of Pakistan and lawlessness in the country, which has been planted by CIA, RAW and Mossad, US is preparing ground to ‘denculearise’ Pakistan by propagating in the world that Pakistan’s atomic assets are not safe.
We should remember that a well-coordinated campaign was also launched by the US-led western countries regarding the atomic arsenal of the former Soviet Union when violent protests had taken place in various states and republics of that country. But nuclear weapons of the former Russia remained in safe custody.
Surprisingly, despite the repeated assurances of Pakistan’s military and civil leadership that Pak nukes are well-protected and are under tight security arrangements, having well-coordinated command and control system, a deliberate propaganda campaign against the safety of these armaments keeps on going particularly by the US and Indian media.
Most alarming point in this context is that very soon, US is likely to release those videos and cassettes which its forces got from Osama’s compound of Abbottabad. With the help of CIA and technical experts, America can change this material so as to involve Pakistan, its army and intelligence agency, ISI or can prepare any self-concocted story to malign Islamabad.
Nonetheless, Pakistan Army and ISI must be well-aware of the real intentions of the US-led foreign enemies. They must be well-prepared to cope with any drastic situation about Pak nukes which are already secure and safe.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations