Pak Instability = Nuke Worries?


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Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf is in trouble. Musharraf’s credibility suffered a severe blow when mobs overturned his attempt to fire the country’s supreme court chief justice. Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces’ fight against 0529-03.jpgterrorists on the Afghan border have cost scores of lives with little discernible progress. All this according to the Associated Press:

Talks with [an] ex-prime minister on a pact that would keep Musharraf in office are proving tough. And U.S. impatience with his failure to eliminate Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds near the Afghan border is growing. Driven by a clamor for the restoration of democracy, the military-led government has responded with calls for national reconciliation. But Musharraf “is hardly talking from a position of strength,” the Dawn newspaper said in a weekend editorial.

With the prospect of a potentially violent regime change in Pakistan, some experts, including those at the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict, are worried about the fate of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal: “In the most extreme case, a coup takes place and the new regime attempts to gain control of the entire nuclear complex.”

In light of this threat, India is standing up eight nuclear-disaster-response battalions similar to the U.S. National Guard’s Civil Support Teams.

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