Pakistan is Part of "the Axis of Evil"
The word evil has been used many times in politics. Ronald Reagon used the word " The Evil Empire" to describe the Soviet Union. Late George Bush used the word " Axis of Evil" to describe the 3 renegade nations at that time ; namely Iran, North Korea and Iraq. The Soviet Union has ceased to exist and of the latter 3, only North Korea remains. However, one wonders that more than these nations, the one nation that deserved this epithet is Pakistan. A study of this nation's history, particularly with regard to its nuclear doctrine, is revealing. It shows that the Pakistan state has adopted methods that are not in consonance with good order and discipline. It has violated basic canons of human conduct and made the world a more dangerous place. This is sad as the Pakistan army and Government is not aware of what a nuclear exchange means. Pakistan compared to India and China is a small country and few H-Bombs will not obliterate India or China, but Pakistan will cease to exist. This simple rationale does not seem to dawn on the Pakistan ruling elite.
Pakistan has a long history of enmity with India. However much we deny it, the fact remains that this hatred is rooted in history and a part of old Muslim hatred for Hinduism.In sum total, it is a Hindu-Muslim conflict sustained from the Pakistan side. India would like to eschew it and move forward, but Pakistan is rooted in time and still harks back to the older age.
The Pakistan rulers to remain in power have created the India bogey. This is like beating a dead horse, but all the same the Pakistan army and government continue with it. Part of the hatred stems from the fact that the Muslims who ruled the sub-continent for 900 years are now relegated in importance and only rule one-fifth of their earlier empire. This loss of pre-eminent position in the sub-continent has made the Pakistan nation envious of India and it has embarked on a one point plan to match India militarily and at the same time try and destroy " Hindu" India. Matching and beating the Indian nuclear arsenal is one of the points of parity with India.
The world should be concerned about the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan. This is where the danger lies and India and the USA must be concerned about it. In simple words, the nuclear weaponry of Pakistan is not safe. The Pakistan scientists with not a little encouragement from the ISI of the army have carried out a blatant proliferation of nuclear secrets and technical know-how. The head of their nuclear program Dr.Khan is known to have sold nuclear secrets to Iran for cash and also supplied nuclear know-how to renegade organizations like ISI.Dr. Khan is in the dog house now as it transpired he was an Ahmeddiya and this community is vilified and ostracized in Pakistan.
A great danger is whether the Pakistani nuclear weapons are safe and secure. Nobody knows what the Pakistani nuclear doctrine is and Donald Trump the presumptive candidate for President of the GOP has clearly stated that the Pakistan nuclear weapons are not safe and could pass into the hands of Jihadi groups.This is the reason he has not advocated a US withdrawal from Afghanistan as he feels the US forces are required to be there to safeguard the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan.
The latest bits of news trickling from Pakistan is simply horrifying. The Pakistan nuclear policy believes in the first strike with nuclear weapons in a war with India. Pakistan is thus the only country in the world that follows this policy. Even the North Korean dictator has recently announced that North Korea would not be the first to use Nuclear weapons.Pakistan has also made it clear that their nuclear weapons are for use only against India and no one else. It has also announced that command of tactical nuclear weapons would be handed over to local commanders. This is an extremely dangerous move and one wonders whether the Pakistan ruling elite is aware of its consequences. Handing over the nuclear button to local commanders is fraught with danger as any renegade commander could unleash a nuclear strike. In addition, Jihadi groups will have easy access to this weaponry. This is not a far-fetched idea as elements of the security forces are deeply infiltrated with Jihadi elements. This was apparent when the bodyguard of the Punjab Governor, a member of the elite security group to guard VVIPs gunned down the Punjab governor, the man he was supposed to guard. He reportedly pumped 21 bullets into the body of the Punjab leader.
Handing over the nuclear button to local commanders is fraught with danger as any renegade commander could unleash a nuclear strike. In addition, Jihadi groups will have easy access to this weaponry. This is not a far-fetched idea as elements of the security forces are deeply infiltrated with Jihadi elements. This was apparent when the bodyguard of the Punjab Governor, a member of the elite security group to guard VVIPs gunned down the Punjab governor, the man he was supposed to guard. he reportedly pumped 21 bullets into the body of the Punjab Governor. With such policies, Pakistan aptly qualifies to be labelled an evil state or the axis of evil.
One wonders whether the world will wake up to what is happening in Pakistan.The fact is that the command and control of nuclear weapons in Pakistan is suspect and I presume the nuclear button is with the army chief and not with the civilian leadership. In any case as far as India policy is concerned the civilian leadership is redundant. The obsession with India is now completely paranoid. George Bush referred to this obsession with India. The world must beware of this evil state that may well destroy itself and a major portion of humanity in SE Asia. God forbid the weapons falling into hands of Jihadi groups and then the fat will be in the fire as the USA will be the target.
It is about time the USA took action. It is well aware of the goings on in Pakistan and a surgical strike may yet save humanity from an impending disaster that may emanate from this Islamic republic.
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