Shyam Saran is a hawk in the Indian Foreign Office and former Foreign Secretary of the Indian government. He is currently Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is Indian nationalist that is Pakistanphobic, Anti-Nepal, and Anti-Lanka xenophobic author who works to build India into a world power.
Saran recently made minced-meat out of the Najam Sethi-Mazar Abbas-Kamran Khan cabal that tried to peddle the “Aman Ki Asha” nonsense as “a new realization massively supported by the people of Pakistan who have accepted the notion that they have to make peace with India”. Obviously there is no such realization and no great movement for an unfair and imposed peace which forces Pakistanis to forget Kashmir, Sir Creek and Siachin. The Najam Sethi-Mazar Abbas-Kamran Khan cabal was snubbed by Saran and the other participants from India. When he had his teeth kicked in Sethi tried to blame things on the old guard. The old guard reminded Sethi that the younger Indians are even more radical and conservative.
Saran and his bosses are however jittery about Pakistan’s Nuclear program. He and the entire Bharati government are anxious that Pakistan now has more nukes than Bharat. Delhi has known that Pakistan has a more affective delivery system than Bharat. Delhi has been trying to catch up. Now it has come to the realization that Delhi has been unable to get the Pakistani program sequestered. Saran is now peddling the story that “Islamabad’s expanding nuclear capability is no longer driven solely by its oft-cited fears of India but by the paranoia about U.S. attacks on its strategic assets”.
Saran’s premise seems to inform the Americans about something that they have “overlooked”. As if the folks in the Pentagon are naive buffoons, and it takes a retired Secretary from Delhi to show them the Nuclear reality in South Asia.
There is nothing new is Saran’s Pakistanphobia. His article in the most liberal paper (despite its religious name) in Bharat, “The Hindu”, gives us deep insight into the new Bharati strategy to malign Pakistan. Actually its not new, its old wine in new bottle. Even though Delhi exploded its first Nuclear device in 1992, it tried to keep up the fiction of a “nuclear explosion for peaceful purposes”. Egged on by Bill Clinton, the BJP government finally exploded a Bomb (as if the first one was Candy shower) in 1998. This time Pakistan was ready, and despite the recalcitrance of the Sharif government (which had wobbly knees for 2 weeks), the Pakistani army made sure that the explosions were responded to with Nuclear explosions. Pakistan since then has been demanding “parity” a term that Bharati diplomatic circles had not heard since the Abub-Nehru era.
This baffled the Saran gang –this surely was a step backward for Bharat. It had hoped to deal with Pakistan, like it had been dealing with the Maldives and Lanka. This was no longer possible and dreams of regional hegemony were going up in smoke. The explosions in 1998 informed Delhi that it would no longer be able to bully Pakistan, or Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal for that matter.
Delhi then tried to jump on the anti-terror bandwagon. It hides the Samjhota Express act of terror carried on by a serving colonel of the Indian Army (who used Indian Army issued plastique to bomb a train-bogey full of Pakistanis (more than 50 were killed). Samjhota preceded Mumbai –and Colonel Prohit (who went to a Delhi courthouse dressed in full Saffron Regalia) has yet to face justice. The Indian Army has never been cleared and there has been no independent commission to investigate the Indian Army’s involvement in blowing up Samjhota Express.
When Delhi failed to get Pakistan declared as a terrorist state, it tried to spread rumors about the safety of Pakistan’s Nuclear Assets. The world didn’t buy it — and despite the drones, NATO, ISAF and the US military remains beholden to the Pakistani Army and Pakistani geography. Washington is more worried about securing a supply route for the retreating American Army, than about Pakistani Nukes — even the Plutonium ones.
Saran is now harping on a new strategy to malign Pakistan. The new strategy is now pumping up Americans with these sorts of lines “Islamabad’s expanding nuclear capability is no longer driven solely by its oft-cited fears of India but by the paranoia about U.S. attacks on its strategic assets”
In affect, Saran and company are trying to say that Pakistan’s program is now geared towards America — and he is egging on the Americans to take action against Pakistan as a potential enemy.
Saran reminds the world and his readers that Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine has shifted from “minimum deterrence” to “second strike capability” (amazingly Saran forgets Pakistan’s 3rd strike capability) to “both strategic and tactical weapons”. Saran points out that the upgraded weapons are “consolidating Pakistan’s deterrence capability at all levels of the threat spectrum” making a “deliberate shift from the earlier generation of enriched uranium nuclear weapons to a newer generation of plutonium weapons”, “miniaturisation of weapons”, “improved the range and accuracy of its delivery vehicles”.
He then puts up red herrings about “setting up of two plutonium production reactors at Khusab with a third and fourth under construction…with a capacity to reprocess 10 to 20 tonnes annually”.
Saran correctly points out that that Pakistan’s “Tactical nuclear weapons are said to be a response to India’s so-called “Cold Start” doctrine or its suspected intention to launch quick response punitive thrusts across the border in case of another major cross-border terrorist strike”.
“Pakistan’s strategic objective has been expanded to the acquisition of a ‘full-spectrum capability’ comprising a land, air and sea-based triad of nuclear forces, to put it on a par with India”.
Saran finally gets to the punchline “The Pakistani military and civilian elite is convinced that the United States has also become a dangerous adversary, which seeks to disable, disarm or take forcible possession of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons”.
While Sethi and others at Geo were flying peace doves with fake Bharatis, and were on their knees begging FM Irfan for a Manmohan trip or reciprocity to Islamabad’s concessions Saran was writing this article for the Hindu spewing venom against Pakistan — “Thus the recent shifts in Pakistan’s nuclear strategy cannot be ascribed solely to the traditional construct of India-Pakistan hostility. They appear driven mainly by the fear of U.S. assault on its strategic assets.”
Saran then goes on to lecture the US on what it should be doing –it all boils down to stripping Pakistan of of Nuclear capability because Pakistan is a bad boy, has been a bad boy, and Pakistan cannot take care of its toys. The Saran solution is to punish Pakistani bad boys and take they nuclear toys away.
The Sethi gang will never learn their lessons. The solution to this problem is precise and modern Plutonium based weapons which can strike all enemies near and far.
Keywords: Pakistan Nuclear policy, Indo-Pak nuclear issue, US-Pak ties, US attacks