India Intelligence Report

   Pak Wants Bilateral Fissile Material Moratorium



  • Pak says it will agree to bilateral fissile material moratorium

  • Tries to equate its nuclear weapons program to India

  • Wants parity from the US

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said that his country would agree to a verifiable bilateral fissile material moratorium as its nuclear weapons program was “driven by the threat perception of India.” Addressing Washington-based think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he created wiggle room for himself by saying that he is not “the chief decision maker.”

Kasuri’s address ironically titled "Pakistan: Promoting Peace, Security and Development," claims that Pakistan’s “weaponisation (sic) was driven by India's nuclearisation (sic) of South Asia” and that his country “had offered India after 1974 to keep South Asia nuclear free.”

Pakistan’s ploy is to regain the lost South Asian parity abandoned by the US in 2000 by President Bill Clinton and reaffirmed in 2006 by President George Bush. Pakistan is also trying desperately to gain leverage with the US as it sees a tilt in US policy towards India, especially through the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal. Kasuri thinks that it is “only a matter of time” that the US would “begin to see the logic of our argument” of giving a “package” civilian nuclear deal to Pakistan similar to the one it has reached with India.

Although it is seen as the front-line partner in the War on Terror, {increasing vexation with the lack of progress in capturing remnant al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists finding safe haven in Pakistan is affecting it deeply. The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was on a recent facilitation trip to patch up relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan  and also prod the country to do more on terror—President Pervez Musharraf responded that he will deploy 10,000 more troops to fight terrorism. Although the US has given it a generous defense aid package, it has also cut aid to Pakistan. Some say that the aid cut was because of Pakistan’s reluctance to allow the US to interview disgraced nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan whom Pakistan claims acted alone in proliferating nuclear weapons technology . Despite mounting evidence and confessional statements from Libya, it even denied that such exports did happen.

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