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 terrorists 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 eliminateand 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.