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Pak Nuclear Reactors & the Terrorists
By Tanveer Jafri
Contributing Writer
Pak nuclear reactors & The terrorists

In the last days, a big military operation was started by the Pak army against the Talibani activists in Peshawar, the capital of North West boundary state of Pakistan & its nearly Khyber region. In this operation, worked in Bora town, near the boundary of Afghanistan, Pakistan military used heavy weapons like tanks & air-attacks. America understands that this North tribal territory of Pakistan is a secret & safe asylum of the Talibani extremists. This is the area where extremist tribal leader Baitullah Mahsood has a strong hold. It is taken that there is reasonable atmosphere in the favour of the terrorists in this territory.

The strong hold of Baitullah Mahsood, in this area can be easily guessed when sometime back this Mahsood, with his big group of Talibani fighters captured hundreds of armed Pakistan soldiers with their conveyances. He is the same wanted Mahsood who is wanted in many cases of murders & kidnapping. There is also a doubt that he was co-associate in the plot of killing of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. Last days, media unveiled horrible face of the Talibani terrorism. The extremists gathered thousands of people on Pak-Afghan border. Then in a day-light, two persons with tied hands & feet & covered face were presented there. The terrorists told the gathering that these two persons are Afghan citizens. They showed courage to spy for America & to send secret information about tribal area to America. After that dozens of terrorists shot at them to spread fear among people present there. To do such a terrific activity by a few persons & people present there remained only spectators make all understand, the power of the Talibans & the extremists is increasing. In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has been aimed at but fortunately he got escaped. A minister in Afghanistan has been killed. Benazir Bhutto was too killed by the terrorists. Both Parvez Musharraf & Nawaz Sharif have faced dangerous attacks. These incidents are proof of work of these dare devils.

Obviously, the extremists are encouraged to the extent that they don't care about the high security even. Last days, it was clear from the Operation Red Mosque in Pakistan that the terrorists don't hide themselves behind the hills or in the caves but they have entered the cities & taken shelter, with their modern, dangerous & very sophisticated weapons, in pious places like Red Mosque. Here it is natural for the world to think that how far are the nuclear reactors of Pakistan from the terrorists. The increasing activities & their day by day increasing power may not enable the terrorists to have control over the nuclear reactors of Pakistan. And God forbid if it is so, what will happen to this peace loving world?

It is known that in Pakistan at present four nuclear reactors are in work. In it, there are Chashma Nuclear Reactor (I) & Chashma Nuclear Reactor (II) & three reactors of 100 MW. These reactors are situated at a place named Kundia in Punjab State of Pakistan whereas Kanoop Nuclear Reactor is situated in Karachi of Sindh. The capacity of Kanoop Nuclear Reactor is 125 MW. Except this, there is one more nuclear reactor that is Khushab Reactor. Khushab Reactor that has capacity of 50 to 70 MW fulfils the needs of Pakistan army & it is Plutonium based Reactor. It doesn't come under the purview of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Khushab Nuclear Reactor is that reactor where there was a powerful blast in first week of April this year & as a result of it two persons were killed. The reactor which is situated in Punjab State has capacity to produce nuclear arms. Khushab Nuclear Reactor that runs with heavy water is known that it has capacity to produce Plutonium for manufacture of Nuclear Bomb.

America is also having a deep look at the Khushab Nuclear Reactor. One American institute named institute for Science & International Security, is of the view that Khushab Nuclear Reactor is a very sensitive reactor that has the capacity to produce Plutonium. According to this institution, Khushab Reactor can produce every year the mass of Plutonium which can enable to produce 30 to 50 nuclear arms every year. This American institution keeps an eye on the nuclear programmes of the many countries of the world. A report regarding nuclear activities of Iran, North Korea & India has been published by this institution. Pakistan doesn't reject the report issued by the institute for Science & International Security but it says that the American Institute has exaggerated the facts.

It is a matter of worry that Pakistan is not only becoming a shelter place for the terrorists but the political circumstances are also providing strength to these extreme powers, also Parvez Musharraf, who dared to stand face to face against the extremists & terrorists is feeling helpless & trying to save its position of Presidentship. Whereas on the other side, the extreme powers that are opponents of Musharraf are trying to harm him. Now when a hard general like Musharraf wasn't cared by the terrorists & his every action against terrorism was obstructed then how can the present supporters of democracy check the increasing interference of the Talibani thought & the terrorists?

It is natural to worry about the control of nuclear reactors situated in Pakistan. Despite the Pakistan army is saying that all the nuclear reactors of Pakistan are safe & are under its complete control. But the people of the world can't ignore the fact where the extremist fighters kidnapped hundreds of Pak soldiers & kept them under detention. Now such incidents may be called the increasing courage of the extremists or decreasing will of the Pak army. But both these circumstances are such where Pak atomic reactors are not considered safe.



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Mr.Tanveer Jafri, who serves as contributing writer for The Seoul Times, is a noted columnist in India. He writes on a variety of issues including world peace, anti-terrorism, and national & international politics for numerous news dailies and portals in India. As a devoted social activist he is member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy.

 

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