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PAKISTAN – “Taliban a Nuclear Nightmare “

Posted by :) on May 1, 2009


Nuclear-armed Pakistan is unraveling at a frightening pace and if it doesn’t worry you, it should.  Imagine al Qaeda having it’s finger on the button of up to one  hundred nuclear missiles and you quickly get an idea of the mortal danger (as Hilary Clinton called it earler this week) the world is facing should Pakistan fall. Amazingly, most Americans seem unaware or simply unconcerned.

UPDATE: The Taleban say they will withdraw from a Pakistani district where their consolidation of power this week has caused deep concern in the US. A Taleban spokesman said commander Maulana Fazlullah had issued the order for fighters to pull back from the north-western district of Buner.
The US has accused officials in Pakistan of abdicating to the Taleban.

The Taleban have agreed a peace deal bringing Sharia law to some districts in return for ending their insurgency. Taleban spokesman Muslim Khan said: “Our leader has ordered that Taleban should immediately be called back from Buner.”

Will the Taliban pull out? Probably. Will this be the end of their drive for power over Pakistan? Probably not. In fact, the pullout is probably more strategic than anything else, but time will tell.

Equally alarming, Pakistan’s leaders appear far less concerned than their American counterparts.

You have to wonder what they’re thinking in Islamabad, the capital. Rather than fighting back against Taliban militants, the government of Asif Ali Zardari (who became president after his wife, Benazir Bhutto, was murdered by extremists) has been acquiescing, in a deluded belief it can appease its way to peace.

It can’t. Recent evidence ought to be a jolting, 11th-hour wake-up call. After gaining control of the Swat Valley, a once-prosperous tourist haven 100 miles from the capital, and getting government permission to impose harsh Islamic law, the Taliban is on the move. It is newly in charge of the Buner region, just 60 miles from Islamabad.

The Taliban’s ambitions are no secret. Two prominent clerics have broadcast their intent to spread Islamic rule throughout the country. The implications of that are captured on an Internet video showing the public flogging in Swat of a woman suspected of adultery.

The stakes for the United States are enormous. Taliban forces attack U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan from their havens along the Pakistan border. That is where Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders behind 9/11 are thought to have refuge and be plotting new attacks. The ultimate nightmare is that extremists will gain access to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

The United States is stepping up efforts to prod official Pakistan out of its denial. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that Pakistan’s government is “basically abdicating to the Taliban.” Some Pakistaniofficials are belatedly beginning to acknowledge that appeasement does not work. But saying the right things under U.S. pressure falls short of effective action.

Source – USA Today

3 a.m Wake Up Call

The failure of Pakistani political leadership to stem the Taliban’s tide now brings Washington’s 3 a.m. wake-up call – nuclear weapons in the hands of extremists – closer than ever to becoming reality. The United States has given its allies in Islamabad political and financial assistance in every way possible for far too long with too few meaningful constraints, only to watch Pakistan destroy itself.

Source CSN


Does Pakistan’s Taliban Surge Raise a Nuclear Threat?

The prospect of turmoil in Pakistan sends shivers up the spines of those U.S. officials charged with keeping tabs on foreign nuclear weapons. Pakistan is thought to possess about 100 — the U.S. isn’t sure of the total, and may not know where all of them are. Still, if Pakistan collapses, the U.S. military is primed to enter the country and secure as many of those weapons as it can, according to U.S. officials.

Time


The Taliban’s Nuclear Threat

As insurgents close in on Islamabad, The Daily Beast’s Gerald Posner reports that Taliban forces are on the verge of seizing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal—which has the capability to hit India, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

This morning, Taliban units took control of the Buner region of Pakistan, bringing their burgeoning insurgency within 60 miles of the capital city of Islamabad. The government called the advance a breach of a recently signed peace agreement. But what did they expect? Any store owner who has faced ever-increasing protection payments to local gangsters could have told the Pakistanis that their recent string of capitulations to the Taliban—striking peace deals and ceding territory—was doomed to failure.

You think the stock market looks bad over the last two years? Let a Taliban spokesman announce that Mullah Omar has his finger on the Islamic Bomb.

The Taliban advance should be causing high Richter-scale reactions inside the Obama White House. Counterterrorism officials have long warned that al Qaeda is desperate to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is in play if the Taliban insurgency should unseat the government of Asif Ali Zadari.

Pakistan has been a member of the nuclear club since in 1987. Intelligence estimates are that the country now has between 50 and 100 nuclear missiles that can travel 1,200 miles. That places much of India, Saudi Arabia, and eastern Iraq within range. With slight improvements in the rockets’ booster phase—not a difficult technological advance—Jerusalem could be hit.

The Daily Beast

Pakistan Paramilitary Force Routed as Taliban Militants Extend Control Towards Islamabad

The fall of Buner does not pose an immediate threat to Islamabad. The capital lies across a mountain range and the river Indus. But the speed and aggression of the latest advance has stoked a sense of panic among Pakistan’s western allies, and, increasingly, at home.

On Wednesday the US secretary of state, Hilary Clinton, accused President Asif Ali Zardari’s government of “basically abdicating to the Taliban and the extremists”. After an outcry from Pakistani officials, she modified her tone yesterday, conceding there was an “increasing awareness” of the threat within government circles.

Sam Zarifi of Amnesty International said the government had left the 650,000 residents of Buner, particularly women and children, “at the mercy” of the Taliban.

Source


Israel: Pakistan Nukes Could Fall To Taliban

A day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the Pakistani government was ceding ground to the Taliban, a top Israeli defense official expressed concern on Thursday that the country’s nuclear arsenal would fall into extremist hands and be used to threaten Israel.
Pakistan is believed to have several dozen nuclear warheads.

On Wednesday, in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Clinton said the Pakistani government was losing control of the country.

“I think we cannot underscore [enough] the seriousness of the existential threat posed to the state of Pakistan by the continuing [Islamist] advances,” Clinton said, adding that an unstable and nuclear-armed Pakistan would pose a “mortal threat” to the United States and other countries.

Israeli defense officials said that while Pakistan was farther away than Iran, Israel needed to be concerned with the political upset there.

Source :

http://www.nationalterroralert.com

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