Nation special report
LONDON: According to Islamabad sources, in wake of trust-deficit relations with the United States, Pakistan has decided take extra security and supervision measures for its five operational nuclear installations with the help of Russia.
Russia’s specific and special radar would be deployed to protect operational and under construction nuclear plant in Karachi and at Chashma, Punjab. One plant is operational since December 7, 1972 and two under construction plants will start in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
Four nuclear plants are operation in Kundian, Mianwali (Punjab) while fifth plant is under process.
According to data, Pakistan operates four plutonium production reactors; India operates one. Pakistan has the capability to produce perhaps 20 nuclear warheads annually; India appears to be producing about five warheads annually.
As a first measure of protection of nuclear installations, Pakistan has decided to take advantage of Russian expertise and to import Russian technology. The press office of RTI hi-tech company said in Moscow on Thursday that Russia will supply a civilian radar station to Pakistan to protect facilities of the nuclear power plant in Karachi.
“A memorandum of cooperation in the field of organizing the delivery of the civilian radar Surok was signed at the Army-2018 international military and technical forum between RTI Group and the Pakistani company TechWin Enterprise. The radar is set to control and protect the Karachi NPP’s facilities, and also some other installations of Pakistan’s critically important infrastructure,” the press office said.
The sources said that this would be on experimental basis and if it proves successful, it would be utilised for other Pakistani nuclear installations.
Both sides also agreed on exploring the possibilities of implementing joint projects in radiolocation and information systems in the interests of various ministries and departments of Pakistan.
Russia claims that its cutting-edge weaponry capable of ‘blinding’ enemy’s army. In case of any danger, the route can be corrected to prevent the defended plane from entering the zone of fire engagement and ensure electromagnetic impairment (suppression) of an enemy’s most dangerous air defense weapons and aircraft while increasing the combat effectiveness of its own means of destruction.
According to Russia’s Electronic Warfare Force Commander Major-General Yuri Lastochkin, modern Russian military technology surpasses Western rivals by a number of characteristics, including the range of its operation. This is achieved through the use of more powerful transmitters and more effective antenna systems.
Just two days ahead of much speculative visit of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to Islamabad (paid on Wednesday), Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa held an unscheduled meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM House on Monday and discussed security and other issues of mutual concern.
he meeting strengthens the impressions further that the new civilian government and the Army are on the same page and working with mutual cooperation and understanding. “The overall change in circumstances and government set-up could had been possible due to this strategy”, the sources commented.
Informed sources give importance to this meeting as it was the third meeting between the two in a week. Earlier, Gen Bajwa called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the PM Office on Monday (27th August). They expressed their resolve to continue efforts for enduring peace and stability in the country. During this meeting the Army chief also felicitated Imran Khan on assuming the office of the prime minister.
On August 30, Prime Minister Imran Khan, along with some cabinet members visited the General Headquarters (GHQ) and assured that the government would provide all resources to require and maintain the capability and capacity of the Army.
The meeting was extraordinary long and lasted for about eight hours. The sources confided that nuclear programme, tensed and alarming situation at eastern and western borders, relations with neighbouring countries especially with India and Afghanistan, CPEC projects and internal security were the preferential topics of discussion.
The sources claimed that Pakistan’s nuclear programme had been an issue of high concern for PM Imran Khan and even before assuming this important portfolio, he used to mention this vital plan as his most interesting subject.
“The eight-hour discussion covered all issues being confronted by the country and the Army Chief assured him that all necessary arrangements are in progress to protect the nuclear programme and there is no loop hole in this regard”, Gen Bajwa assured the PM.
The sources hinted that due to trust deficit in relations with America, Pakistan has inclined towards Moscow and according to a report coming from Moscow, Pakistan has asked for Russian network to secure its nuclear installations and programme.
Though, details of third meeting between PM Imran Khan and army Chief Gen Bajwa were not surfaced officially but informed circles in Islamabad are giving importance and claim that agenda of today’s meeting was the visit of US Foreign Secretary who is coming to Islamabad on Wednesday.