Chai-on, the CNN footage was not faked from what i can gather, and there does seem to be very good evidence for some kind of afghani connection not only to this event but also the bombing of the USS Cole. it is obvious that rumsfeld and co. had planned to get massive revenge for the latter sooner or later. given the grave instability and general hostility of the pakistani state which the US seems to view as functionally integrated with the taliban and OBL's networks, it is my guess that the US does not intend to leave the region until it has removed pakistan's nuclear capacity and generally done to its military assets what was done to iraq's a decade ago. the US cannot want an aggressive Pakistan around to disrupt power relations within the Gulf regimes while Israel and India have obvious interests in the decimation of Pakistani military might. This is my guess; it seems that musharraf also seems to think that the very existence of the pakistani state is now under threat. PM seems to be warning that non cooperation with the Americans or a right wing military coup will give the US license to begin strikes. But perhaps such strikes will find their justification in time anyway. It does not seem that rumsfeld and company are seeking a political solution; one trembles at the many things that could wrong as events are now unfolding. i wonder whether there is the political will in India to carry out strikes against Pakistan, including its nuclear capacity. Obviously Musharraf thinks so...which may increase the possibility of a first strike. i cannot attest to the veracity of the report below; we do need people with real expertise. Defector says Pakistan had nuclear 'first strike' plan July 1, 1998 Web posted at: 12:15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT) In this story: Assistance from other countries? Defector in danger? Related stories and sites NEW YORK (CNN) -- A Pakistani nuclear scientist seeking asylum in the United States said Wednesday that he fled out of concern his country was considering a first nuclear strike against India. Isthikar Khan Chaudryoi, 29, told CNN that he became alarmed after attending a top-secret meeting in April on Pakistan's nuclear strategy "I came to know that just in a couple of days, an atomic war is beginning in between India and Pakistan," Khan said. Khan told USA Today that he and four fellow scientists signed a protest letter out of concern Pakistan would use nuclear weapons first. Jane's Defense Weekly, a British magazine, said the five included the deputy leader of Pakistan's nuclear program. The men had evaded Pakistan's secret service and fled to various Western nations, the report said. According to USA Today, Khan's four associates are believed to be in England. Jane's said the five scientists denied being unpatriotic, saying that their sole reason for fleeing the country had been disagreement with plans that included a first strike against Indian military targets. Pakistan issued a statement denying that any of its nuclear scientists defected. The government called the accusation "of planning to launch a preemptive strike against India ... particularly malicious" and designed to "fuel tensions which already persist at an alarming level." Assistance from other countries? Khan's attorney says his client is prepared to provide details to U.S. officials about Pakistan's nuclear program, including assistance it has received other from other countries. "(Khan) has evidence and has seen documents linking Iran and China to Pakistan's nuclear program as well as funding of this program by nearby Muslim states and countries," Khan's attorney, Michael Wildes, told CNN. USA Today quoted Khan as saying Pakistan has produced enough plutonium to make a weapon but that the country's nuclear program "still needs some assistance from other countries." Pakistan used uranium, rather than the more potent plutonium, in its recent nuclear tests. Defector in danger? Wildes believes his client's information, including location, yield and range of Pakistani's missiles, would be of great interest to American intelligence sources. The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly are looking into the matter. As Khan seeks asylum, he is in danger as are family members who remained in Pakistan, Wildes said. "This man has been very brave and has taken a bold step to shed some light on a region that is very volatile and is using weapons that are very dangerous," the attorney told CNN. "He's put himself at personal risk and I hope that the government will acknowledge this and expeditiously ajudicate his case." Khan left Pakistan in May before a series of nuclear tests conducted that month by both India and Pakistan in developments widely viewed as spurring a nuclear arms race in South Asia.
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