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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:54 AM

Pakistan's nuclear bombs could be hijacked by radicals, claims scientist

Source: Press Trust of India

Increasing radicalisation within Pakistan's military could lead to its nuclear weapons being hijacked by radical Islamists, a Pakistani scientist has warned.

"Safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is of a major concern. The growing radicalisation within the military, given attacks on its own internal bases, could lead to these nuclear weapons being hijacked by radical Islamists," said Pervez Hoodbhoy, who was in London for the launch of his book 'Confronting the Bomb'.

The nuclear physicist and defence analyst estimated Pakistan's arsenal to be similar to India's, at around 120-130 warheads.

"Earlier, such weapons were seen just as a means of deterrence. The most dangerous development is the increasing search for fissile material as a new dimension of tactical nuclear war has entered the picture. This means the number of weapons will steadily increase," he said.

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Read more: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/pakistan-s-nuclear-bombs-could-be-hijacked-by-radicals-claims-scientist-325021

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bananas Feb 2013 OP
dotymed Feb 2013 #1
bananas Feb 2013 #4
iandhr Feb 2013 #5
LongTomH Feb 2013 #2
iandhr Feb 2013 #3
cosmicone Feb 2013 #6
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #8
LongTomH Feb 2013 #7
cosmicone Feb 2013 #10
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #9
cosmicone Feb 2013 #11

Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:18 AM

1. The BIG question...

why would we give nuclear weapons to a country that is about 4000 years culturally behind most developing nations? "w" is the answer...

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Response to dotymed (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:42 AM

4. Wikipedia needs to be updated

Wikipedia says "Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is a strong and avid supporter for peaceful use of nuclear technology in Pakistan"

But todays news article says:
He is now even sceptical of the peaceful uses of nuclear technology in India and Pakistan.

"Whether electricity generated from nuclear sources is really efficient is a big question mark. The construction of nuclear reactors is very expensive and should an accident similar to Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011 were to occur in India or Pakistan, both countries may not have the capacity to deal with it the same way," he added.


Here are the first two paragraphs from his wikipedia entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervez_Hoodbhoy

Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy (Urdu: پرویز ہودبھائی; born 11 July 1950), is a Pakistani nuclear physicist, essayist and defence analyst. He is currently tenuring as the visiting professor of Physics at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where he is working on topics in theoretical applications in the topological insulators, various Hall effects and Graphene. Before joining LUMS, he was the professor of nuclear and high-energy physics, and also the head of the Physics Department at the Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU). He graduated and also received PhD from MIT and continues to do research in Particle physics. He received the Baker Award for Electronics in 1968, and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics in 1984. He has authored various scientific research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Hoodbhoy is also a prominent environmentalist and social activist and regularly writes on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes Urdu books on feminism, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is a strong and avid supporter for peaceful use of nuclear technology in Pakistan, nuclear non-proliferation, and nuclear disarmament; and criticizing the United States, Israel, Pakistan's and India's nuclear program in many national and international forums.

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Response to dotymed (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:44 AM

5. We didn't give it to them

They decided to get the bomb after India got the bomb. India decided to get the bomb after China got the bomb.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:35 AM

2. Some of us have been worrying about this for years!

And, Dotymed, the US didn't give Pakistan nuclear weapons, they were developed in Pakistan by Dr. Abdul Quadeer Khan. Khan not only developed a nuclear weapons capability for Pakistan, he's been a driver in nuclear proliferation. Khan's "nuclear wal-Mart,' provided North Korea with centrifuges for uranium enrichment, and probably some of the its bomb technology. He also provided centrifuges and nuclear technology to Iran and Libya.

Edited to add: Wikipedia has further information on Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, as well as their military and political doctrines on weapons of mass destruction.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:41 AM

3. Biden talked about this in the primary debates.

Iran is not the big nuke threat this is.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:00 AM

6. We should just disarm their nuclear program

with the help of Israel and India.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:05 PM

8. That's some real crazy warmongering talk there.

But par for the course coming from you.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:57 PM

7. What we should be afraid of.......

The number of nuclear weapons in Pakistan's stockpile varies with the source, usually somewhere in the 60-90 nukes range. The first big question is: How many of those are deliverable?

Deliverable means a weapon small enough to be carried by one of Pakistan's military aircraft or fitted into the warhead of a ballistic or cruise missile. Pakistan has both cruise and ballistic missiles as well as US-provided F16 fighter aircraft.

A nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan could cause enormous loss of life, which is of course, the most important issue. It would also have consequences for the US, since we currently have so many economic assets in India. Pakistan's longer range missiles, like the Shaheen II with a range of over 1,500 miles, could reach US assets in the Gulf.

A really scary possibility is that Pakistan's nuclear program may produce 'suitcase nukes.' Whether these are even feasible is debated; but, the fact is, the US produced a number of Special Atomic Demolition Munitions (SADM's) during the Cold War. The one most commonly referenced device is the W54, weighing about 150 lbs, which would make for a rather heavy suitcase. The W54 was a variable yield device with yields ranging from 10 tons of tnt to 250 tons. That's not much by nuclear weapon standards; but, the 250 ton version would be about 50 to 100 times as powerful as the 1995 Oklahoma City explosion.

If we can't close our borders to cocaine shipments, what are our chances of preventing a nuclear terrorist from smuggling a small nuke into the US?

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Response to LongTomH (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:27 PM

10. Right

This is precisely why Pakistan's arsenal needs to be neutralized and their nuclear capability castrated.

Pakistan is not a responsible nation and has not signed a "no first strike" pledge like India and China have.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:07 PM

9. The drone activity in Pakistan is not frequent just because President Obama is bored. nt

 

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Response to EastKYLiberal (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:28 PM

11. hahaha ... absolutely n/t

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