India’s nuclear program was aimed at China, not Pakistan

Pakistan and North Korea are the only two nations that are obsessed with flaunting their nuclear capabilities.

Anonymous/Anonymous August 06, 2015
August 6, 1945 started as a normal Monday morning in the bustling city of Hiroshima, with people going about their daily activities as per usual. Just as the clock struck quarter past eight, all activity was brought to an abrupt end at the behest of the Enola Gay. A giant mushroom cloud dwarfed the city of Hiroshima, and swept it clean of life with an immense shock of energy.

Almost 68 years after this tragic yet inevitable scene of death, destruction and devastation, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf demonstrated his chronic condition of dementia by once again bullying India.
“We have not made the atomic bomb for occasions like Shab-e-Barat,” declared the former martial strongman in his usual arrogantly feigned Punjabi accent.

He suddenly, yet not surprisingly, emerged as a hero to many self-proclaimed nationalist Pakistanis who flanked his aggressive statement with heaps of acclamations. Issuing such vacuous statements of nuclear hostility unfortunately begins with democratic demagogues such as Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who said,
“If India builds the bomb, we will eat grass and leaves for a thousand years, even go hungry, but we will get one of our own.”

No wonder Pakistan is forever indebted to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) now.

An exhaustive chronological inspection of Bhutto’s statement unveils many dark realities of Pakistan’s nuclear program. According to popular perception here, which might be attributed to Bhutto, India’s Smiling Buddha test was a threat to us and henceforth justified our nuclear program as a deterrent. This perception raises one rational question, since Pakistan had no atomic bomb then, why would India expend resources on an atomic bomb as a deterrent against us?

The answer simply lies in the events of the Indo-Sino War of 1962. India had lost major territories to China during the war and hence felt threatened by the giant superpower situated just across the Himalayas to the North. Put in simpler words, India’s atomic program was to deter China, not Pakistan. Clearly this message never got through to Pakistan. We were immersed in paranoia that later transformed into an ego and inferiority complex, leading us to construct stronger missiles with more warheads.

There is something very idiosyncratic about nuclear proliferation – it miraculously resembles a chain reaction itself. It all began in the Cold War with the United States pushing the socialist and communist states such as Soviet Union, China, and North Korea to build their atomic bombs. This compelled India to initiate its nuclear program to deter China, which further compelled Pakistan to initiate theirs.

Pakistan’s notorious nuclear proliferation scandals equipped Iran and North Korea to develop weapons of their own which further led to Israel’s nuclear program – eventually compelling Libya to try obtaining its own nuclear bomb by getting aid from good-gracious Pakistan too. Even the ISIS is confident to receive help from us for her nuclear program.

It is ostensible that Pakistan did not maturely assess the opportunity costs associated with the dilemma it was confronted with – the masses seemed blindly indoctrinated by Bhutto’s zealous and forceful displays of oratory. Pakistan could have easily outrun India in education, standards of living, and human development had it not given its peaceful nuclear power program an abrupt U-turn to a hostile nuclear weapons program to counter Indian hegemony in South Asia.

We all fell for the quintessential Pakistani fallacy of considering the entire world a threat to us, believing everyone is conspiring in unity to wipe out our existence. Why else would we name our missiles after ruthless invaders like Ahmed Shah Abdali, who not only massacred Hindus but also looted Lahore and Peshawar? Ever seen a child decorating his house with statues of his mother’s rapist?

Pakistan and North Korea are the only two nations that are obsessed with flaunting their nuclear capabilities – even Iran has shown excellent maturity by striking a remarkable deal to stymie global nuclear proliferation. On the slightest provocation, every conversation here ends up in the intellectual proposal of simply nuking Delhi, Mumbai or Calcutta.

The Fat Bomb and Little Boy, despite their massive destruction, were inefficient gravity bombs that had low fission efficiencies and small radii of destruction. Our nuclear bombs today are capable of delivering multiple warheads and enormously higher radii of destruction and efficiencies of fission.

How much human intellect and emotion is essential to consider the prospect of a nuclear war in the world’s most densely populated region? What further entirely baffles the rational humanitarian mind is the profusion of support these statements receive. The abominations that have manifested themselves as missiles which we parade every year at IDEAS are the palpable embodiment of the Indo-Pakistan conflict.

Unless we abandon this immature attitude of martial roguery and devilry in South Asia, peace for Indo-Pak will become a lost voice in history during a cold nuclear winter.

In my opinion, Hiroshima and Nagasaki have taught us absolutely nothing.
Anonymous The blogger wishes to remain anonymous.
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Sardar Awais | 6 years ago | Reply Well its a widely asked question in our society "What is holding us back from moving forward".Answer is simple. "Educated ignorance". Now after reading above crap and knowing a little bit about author, its crystal clear that our society is badly affected by such delirious and terribly misinformed fools viruses in shape of Homo-sapiens who always consider themselves as a "sole sum total of all wisdom". Who are these assholes ? In Urdu "na teen (3) ma na tera (13) ma" We are living in a free society and its our right to speak and think freely but this should be done on certain principles both morally and ethically and most common one that we must practice specially when talking about something important is to avoid spreading misleading or False information based on our own personal greedy,filthy agenda,may be influenced by certain dirty factors i.e sect biasness or cast or cheap fame etc. (Author knows well) Everyone knows wars like 1965,1971,Siachen ,and Daily Border clashes etc are all between Pakistan and India not China –India issues.And if anyone is so blind and cannot see the need of Pakistan Nuclear Program ,must study CSD (Cold start Doctrine ).Its an eye opener for all of us to do what is necessary for us i.e Maintain Detterence for survival. I can quote number of examples which proves the worth and need of Pakistan Nuclear Program.Although we suffer from many losses while acquiring and maintaining it yet this is nothing infront of greater Good i.e Live and grow without fear. Pakistan Zindabad
mansoor | 6 years ago | Reply PAKISTAN NUCLEAR BOMB: -------------------------------------- THE US $ was at 45-50 pkr before nuclear explosions in 1997-98 and went on increasing till date, if we look at it as investment or business where armed forces run NLC and fertilizers and banks and residential colonies, why not use it to gain revenues, or if it is of no use, refer to Iran who gave up its plan and we are left as only muslim so called country with atom bomb than what purpose it serves? Turkey proves to be world muslim leader and we due to our internal problems have failed it. I sometimes think with all due respect to our Pashtun bretheren! we must atleast use it practically over Afghanistan areas (sorry) so no infiltrator, smuggler, drug dealer, criminal, terrorist and enemy of my nation in shape of mulla or clean shaved enters from the western side of border. India not in question or discussion. india has started to travel in space!
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