U.S. assessing Pakistan nukes if Musharraf falls

by Infidelesto on August 11, 2007 · View Comments

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The good news is we know exactly where they are and who controls them.

The bad news is it could fall into the hands of Islamists at any time if Musharraf is killed or removed from power. As I said before, this is just as much of a threat as the Iran situation.

from CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN)U.S. military intelligence officials are urgently assessing how secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons would be in the event President Gen. Pervez Musharraf were replaced as the nation’s leader, CNN has learned.

art.musharraf.ap.jpgAnalysts wonder how secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons would be if President Pervez Musharraf were replaced.

Key questions in the assessment include who would control Pakistan’s nuclear weapons after a shift in power. The United States is pressuring Musharraf, who took control in a 1999 coup, not to declare a state of emergency as he faces growing political opposition.

Three U.S. sources have independently confirmed details of the intelligence review to CNN but would not allow their names to be used because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The sources include military officers and intelligence community analysts.

The assessment is part of a broader review of the military and security situation in Pakistan.

Officials say that Pakistan and its nuclear weapons are always a high intelligence priority for the United States.

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The United States has full knowledge about the location of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, according to the U.S. assessment.

But the key questions, officials say, are what would happen and who would control the weapons in the hours after any change in government in case Musharraf were killed or overthrown.

Musharraf controls the loyalty of the commanders and senior officials in charge of the nuclear program, but those loyalties could shift at any point, officials say.

The United States is not certain who might start controlling nuclear launch codes and weapons if that shift in power were to happen.

There is also a growing understanding according to the U.S. analysis that Musharraf’s control over the military remains limited to certain top commanders and units, raising worries about whether he can maintain control over the long term.

The U.S. officials also say one of the key problems for the U.S. military is what restrictions on U.S.-Pakistani military cooperation could be imposed if Musharraf were to impose heavy security restrictions in his country.

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  • http://deislamification.blogspot.com Senior

    I think Musharraf needs to be given financial insentives to disarm. India isn’t planning to attack Pakistan, so it isn’t necessary any more for Pakistan to have nuclear weapons.

  • Ananth Ram

    I hate how you have such an uninformed view of Islamic culture: they do not breed or dwell on violence, they are not as intolerant as you think, and they have not “rejected reason.” Your arguments are not aimed at Islam: they are aimed at Islamic extremists. Extremist views are not representative of the religion: there are Christian, Hindu, and Jewish extremists as well, all touting that they are the true religion and all others are infidels. And it is also not true that most of the Islam world supports the goals of the extremists and are opposed to democracy and freedom: look at the U.A.E., Oman, even Turkey and Pakistan. The normal Muslim people are horrified at the acts of the terrorists and are doing all they can to stop them: its that a certain country *cough* USA *cough* had supplied the terrorists with money and weapons to fight the evil infedelistic communists of the USSR. I think you should go out and find out more about a culture before you start bashing it as a whole. Tell that to your other “anti-jihad/anti-muslim” friend who run website of their own.

    By the way, you know who controls the most “WMDs”/Nuclear weapons? Not Iran. Not North Korea. Its the former USSR and, *gasp*, our country, the USA.

  • Infidelesto

    Ananth, don’t make me quote the Koran you ignorant fool.

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