Growing Concern In India About Pakistan Power Shifts
India, Pak exchange lists of nuclear installations
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 16:01 IST
New Delhi, Jan 1: India and Pakistan today exchanged the lists of their installations and facilities, taking forward their 17-year-old confidence building measure in the field.
The lists were simultaneously handed over here and in Islamabad by the respective countries under an agreement the two countries initialled on December 31, 1988.
The lists include places covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between the two countries signed by the then Foreign Secretary K P S Menon and his Pakistani counterpart Humayun Khan.
As per the agreement, which entered into force on January 27, 1991, the two countries exchange the lists on January one every year to inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the pact.
Bhutto knew that she might be targeted but she believed that any true Muslim will never dare to attack her. Unfortunately Bhutto completely failed to read the situation of Pakistan after returning from self-exile.
She didn’t understand that militancy overpowered democracy in Pakistan.
Musharraf will once again impose emergency and postpone January 8, 2008 general elections. It might be possible that Pakistan will face another emergency and President Musharraf will assume a new role of dictatorship.
No doubt Pakistan is burning today. India must be alerted following the current situation in the neighbouring country.
Indo-Pak relations have never been very cordial for many reasons. Now, India has to take every step very cautiously towards maintaining whatever progress both the nations have made so far. India is a democratic country and Pakistan is far from it. In such a scenario, it would be very difficult for India to make further progress. It seems unlikely that India will have smooth relations with its neighbouring country under such circumstances. Musharraf’s way of functioning is not going to break the ice. The proposed general elections in Pakistan had given a ray of hope, but that too seems to be in jeopardy.
Fate of Pakistan polls
Islamabad, Dec 31: Pakistan’s Election Commission will decide tomorrow whether the general election will be held as scheduled on Jan 8 after assessing the impact of violent protests that rocked the country following the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto on poll preparations.
An emergent meeting of the poll panel chaired today by Chief Election Commissioner Qazi Muhammad Farooq sought reports from poll officials in the four provinces about the impact of the protests on election arrangements.
Addressing a news conference where he insisted that the polls must be held on time on January 8, Sharif said he was ready to get together with Bhutto’s party for the cause of democracy.
Sharif said he saw no harm if PML-N and PPP came together to fight dictatorship.
‘ISI diverting US aid to rig coming Pak polls’ Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence was using some of the $10 billion American aid to run a covert election operation from a safe house in a central district of Islamabad, senior Pakistan People’s Party official Sarfraz Ali Lashari told The Times.
America forgets other countries are impacted by our Foreign Policy failures. Other countries, like India, are directly effected by unstable neighbors. India has its own political turmoils that could be influenced by spreading terror. India has nukes. India houses competing religions (Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains) who are becoming more vocal and pushy. Bombings and terrorist activity are increasing in India. Religion has come to be used for pursuing personal agenda. This is not a new phenomenon. In the past also many divisive forces have used religion for their ulterior motives. The irony of the matter is that those who claim to be torch-bearer of faith are misusing it for monetary gains. Using religion to re-shape the political-economic landscape in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the entire Middle East, Asian and African comes with ominous repercussions. The population of individuals effected comprise almost one half of the world. The population effected is either super rich or super poor. Minimal middle class in these populations offer little help to maintain democracy efforts. Democracy is middle class. Middle class is disappearing. India is America’s outsource ally. India provides America’s doctors and scientists and technological maintenance. America must not jeopardize the safety of this crucial ally while we focus on putting out the terrorist fires we started.