According to former National Security Director of Afghanistan, Rahamatullah Nabil, terror groups have deeply and widely infiltrated ranks of Pakistani military and secret agencies. Therefore, the world has to act before it is too late.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Pakistan has around 110-130 nuclear weapons compared with around 100-120 nuclear warheads of India. It also has the notoriety of exporting nuclear weapon technology to N Korea and Iran. In the past 2 decades, it has decisively established itself as global capital of terrorism (Bin Laden’s capture on its soil only underscored the close Islamic fraternal relation between the Pak establishment and terrorists).
According to the study “Pakistan operates four plutonium production reactors; India operates one. Pakistan has the capability to produce perhaps 20 nuclear warheads annually; India appears to be producing about five warheads annually.” Experts opine that within the next ten years, Pakistan could possess the third-biggest nuclear weapons stockpile in the world, only behind the United States and Russia. India’s nuclear warfare policy is centered on a No First-Use (NFU) doctrine. Pakistan, however, refuses to adopt a NFU doctrine. The 2015 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/Stimson Center report shows that Pakistan is using more of its fissile material to make weapons than India.
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Ever since the Kargil war in 1999, border events have repeatedly exposed hand-in-hand comradeship between the army and terrorists. The recent beheading of 2 Indian soldiers by Pak’s Border Action Team (BAT) only goes to prove how terror training has entered into its military set up – defying all international protocol of hostility between two civilian states.
The Peshawar Talibani attack of December 2014 on a school of army personnel (that killed over 140 innocent kids) offered a great opportunity to establish itself as a civilian state and cut-off filial ties with all Islamic terror groups thriving on its soil. The attack also sent cold shivers down the spine of Pak’s atomic energy commission which demanded increased security of its nuclear weapons. Pakistan’s political leadership also made noise about wiping out all terror groups and its military did launch an offensive. But today in 2017 the world clearly sees that Pak military – terrorist links are stronger than umbilical ties.
Experts’ worry is not without substance, because Pakistan is no longer an Islamic state; instead, it is a Wahhabi nation. Nurtured and propagated by Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism is an extreme Sunni Islamic ideology that wants to settle all disagreements through violence, terror or war. The Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the ISIS and all other Islamic terror groups are practical manifestation of this ideology. Mullahs of Pak military know it better. The day is not too far in future when the distinction between a Pak soldier and a terrorist would vanish completely.
The world has to wake up and act before that happens. This is why the US and its allies have to look after Pakistan much more closely now than before.