- United States President Joe Biden deemed Pakistan one of the most dangerous nations in the world. The White House statement quoted the Democratic president’s address at the Congressional Campaign Committee Reception on Friday.
- Biden said, “What I think is maybe one of the most dangerous nations in the world, Pakistan. Nuclear weapons without any cohesion.”
- The US president made the comments at the reception while talking about the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and how it has impacted the globe. He also spoke about Washington’s ties with other countries.
- The US president’s remarks were made in the context of the changing geopolitical situation globally. He said the world was changing rapidly and countries were rethinking their alliances. “And the truth of the matter is – I genuinely believe this — that the world is looking to us. Not a joke. Even our enemies are looking to us to figure out how we figure this out, what we do.” There was a lot at stake, Biden said, emphasising that the US had the capacity to lead the world to a place it had never been before.
- “Did any of you ever think you’d have a Russian leader, since the Cuban Missile Crisis, threatening the use of tactical nuclear weapons that would – Could only kill three, four thousand people and be limited to make a point?
- Former US defense secretary James Mattis has said he considers Pakistan as the “most dangerous country” he dealt with it in a long career spanning decades in the military, Because of the level of radicalization of its society and its nuclear weapons. Mattis also slammed Pakistan’s obsession with India, saying it “views all geopolitics through the prism of its hostility toward India”
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Concerns over Pakistan Nuclear Weapons:
- Nuclear weapons falling in possession of terrorist groups is possibly the worst nightmare for the world at large. And the only place where many believe that might be possible is Pakistan. Security of the country’s nukes has been a concern for the international community ever since Pakistan emerged as a nuclear power in 1998.
- The reasons for concern regarding Pakistan’s nukes are many. It is the only nation that has both nuclear weapons and a mix of terrorist groups, many of which are allowed to operate with impunity. A 2021 US Congressional report on terrorism says it is home to at least 12 groups designated as ‘foreign terrorist organisations (including five India-centric ones). The groups are believed to have sympaythisers within, and might have even infiltrated Pakistan’s security and military establishments.
- A recent article by the American think-tank Brookings Institution delves into the details of the problem. It describes Pakistan as a state”…governed by a shaky coalition of ineffective politicians and trained military leaders trying desperately to contain the challenge of domestic terrorism.“
- The Brookings article even suggests that the US already has a plan in place in the event of nukes falling into jehadi hands or matters coming close thereof.
More Concerns after the fall of Afghan:
- The ‘Pak nukes falling in jehadi hands’ concern has reared its head again after the Taliban toppled the Afghan government with relative ease and established control over a vast array of arms and ammunition.
Who controls nuclear weapons in Pakistan?
- Pakistan’s Nuclear Command and Control is composed of two civic-military committees and advises both, the Prime Minister and the President, on the development & deployment of nuclear weapons.
- Despite the lingering concerns, many in the US security establishment believe that Pakistan stores its nuclear stockpile in a way that makes it difficult to put the pieces together; that is, components are located in different places.
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