Friday, May 6, 2011

Kayani against Zardari's 'no-first-use' N-policy, prefers to attack first?

Posted: Fri May 06 2011, 16:46 hrs Washington:
Pakistan's powerful army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani does not support President Asif Ali Zardari's "no-first-use" nuclear policy, according to US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
"Although he has remained silent on the subject, Kayani does not support Zardari's statement last year to the Indian press that Pakistan would adopt a 'no first use' policy on nuclear weapons.
"Despite increasing financial constraints, we believe that the military is proceeding with an expansion of both its growing strategic weapons and missile programs," the "scenesetter" cables sent by the then US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson prior to Kayani's Washington visit between February 20-27, 2009, said.
The major US concern has not been that an Islamic militant could steal an entire weapon but rather the chance someone working in government of Pakistan's facilities could gradually smuggle enough fissile material out to eventually make a weapon and the vulnerability of weapons in transit, according to the recently released cables.