INDIA DEFENCE CONSULTANTS
Pakistan's Special Status With America
An IDC Analysis
is always smarting as USA never acknowledges India's fight against
terrorism and is more supportive of America's stance than Pakistan. The
India–US group had reported its assessment of the current U.S. policy
towards Pakistan and it's defects are well articulated in many pieces of
writing by IDC and the Center For American Progress more recently, but the
latest is that Osama Bin Laden may be delivered. The remedies, or the
alternative policy outlined, however, are difficult to articulate as
Musharraf is playing his cards well.The U.S. has much more leverage on
Pakistan than it exercises. As it is, the U.S. uses too much of a
"carrot" approach. Pakistan skillfully exploits this US weakness
and blackmails the U.S. and the world. A bad example has already been set
by giving Pakistan major non NATO ally status. Pakistan will continue to
play a double game.
quote from the Centre For American Progress
Cirincione, director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace, believes that the U.S. has much more leverage on
Pakistan than the Bush administration claims to have. In particular, F-16
aircraft and continued U.S. financial aid are both things that Pakistan
urgently wants and thus provide powerful bargaining chips for the United
States to use when demanding Pakistan’s full disclosure of information
on Khan’s network".
is a dangerous recommendation –– exchanging information on the Khan
network for F-16s
will result in the U.S. getting bad or even misleading information on
proliferation while at the same time creating a more dangerous Pakistan
with F-16s in it's arsenal. Why does Pakistan need F-16s? Against whom
will they be used? The arms race in the sub continent is on and here is
another bold article on Pakistan's nuclear status from Dawn reproduced
accord with US to share information: N-fissile material
Dawn, August 3, 2004
agreement exists between Islamabad and Washington on sharing information
about production of any new fissile material by Pakistan, Foreign Office
spokesman Masood Khan said at a press briefing here on Monday.
asked about a US decision to monitor Pakistan's nuclear programme through
an Act of Congress which authorises the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
to oversee implementation of a number of conditions, the spokesman said he
would need time to study the "Intelligence Authorization Act For the
Fiscal Year 2005" before replying to the question.
spokesman avoided making any comment when asked if the CIA would be
conducting clandestine intelligence operations on nuclear-related
facilities of Islamabad if the information-sharing agreement on fissile
material production did not exist between Pakistan and the US.
by the US Congress in July, "The Intelligence Authorisation Act for
Fiscal Year 2005" in its section 304 directs the director of CIA to
submit reports on Pakistan's nuclear-related activities for the next five
years till 2009.
asked if the US had asked Pakistan to stop production of any new fissile
material, a senior foreign office official said "No". The
official dismissed as 'out of question' any monitoring of Pakistan's
nuclear facilities and programme by any agency of the US.
official said no mechanism existed between Islamabad and Washington to
share information about safeguards of Pakistani nuclear facilities. The
Intelligence Authorisation Act 2005 gives a mandate to US intelligence
apparatus to gather information about the "size of the stockpile of
fissile material of the Government of Pakistan and whether any additional
fissile material has been produced."
"classified" reports gathered by the CIA would be submitted to
the US Congress committees on armed services, intelligence, foreign
relations and others. According to the act, the CIA would submit
confidential reports to the Congress on Pakistan's production of any
additional fissile material and the size of the stockpile of fissile
material in Islamabad's nuclear arsenal.
Act authorises CIA to monitor any efforts by the government, or
individuals or entities in Pakistan to acquire or transfer weapons of mass
destruction and related technologies, or missile equipment and technology,
to any other nation, entity, or individual.
act makes it mandatory for CIA to inform the US Congress about steps taken
by Pakistan to combat proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and
technologies related to chemical, biological and radioactive materials.
CIA has been assigned the job to list the steps taken by Pakistan to
safeguard nuclear weapons and related technologies in the possession of
the government. Besides monitoring of the nuclear related activities in
Pakistan, the CIA has been assigned two additional tasks of submitting
reports on efforts by Pakistan to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban as well
as steps taken by Islamabad to dismantle terrorist networks operating
inside he country.
efforts by Pakistan to establish and strengthen democratic institutions
would also form part of monitoring by the US intelligence agency. Sources
said Pakistani and US officials had already held their first meeting to
discuss the safety of Islamabad's civilian nuclear reactor programme.
officials related to Pakistan's nuclear programme are reported to have
held three days of talks in Washington in July with US Nuclear Regulatory
Commission chairman and other US officials to share information about
safety of civilian nuclear facilities of Pakistan. The two sides are said
to have discussed reactor risk issues, fire safety mechanisms, inspection
and enforcement activities, said a source.