Maimuna Ashraf

  • “Nasr has put cold water on Cold Start” - a statement that buzzed the headlines recently after Pakistan successfully undertook a series of training launches and test/trials of its short-range surface to surface ballistic missile. This development grabbed attention of critics on ...

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  • The 27th Plenary Meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an elite nuclear cartel to control nuclear commerce, which was held in Switzerland on June 22-23, ended inconclusively on the issue of non-NPT state’s membership. India was struggling to whittle away the resistance for paving way ...

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  • This May, the two South Asian nuclear states mark the 19th anniversary to the first detonation of their nuclear devices. Pakistan and India celebrate national days in commemoration of Chagai and Pokhran-II respectively that established nuclear deterrence for both states. The explosion of atomic ...

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  • MTCR is one of the four non-proliferation regimes that aim to curb the technology that can be used for nuclear delivery systems. The other three include Wassenaar Arrangement that deals with export control of dual use technologies and conventional arms, the Australia Group which is related to ...

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  • The purported claim of Indian Former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon in his book, Choices – Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, followed by the assessment of Vipin Narang at recently held Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, have rekindled the ...

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  • Nuclear pessimists and optimists are lately discussing the emergence of diverse portfolios of nuclear weapons in the South Asian context. Pessimists argue that the trend to develop a survivable nuclear force is further complicating the South Asian tension, whereas the optimists view that the ...

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  • The strategic landscape of China, India and Pakistan contours the regional environment because three states share commonalities about historical conflicts, geography and power acquisition. In the South Asian region, the arms race is proportional to the nuclear developments of India. In order to ...

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  • Japan is expanding its strategic landscape by improving relations with India. It was reported in the previous couple of years that India often showed reservations in welcoming Japanese participation in the annual Malabar naval exercise between India and US, notwithstanding pressure from the later. ...

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  • South Asian security and strategic stability is a very relevant subject and the politics of NSG has gained immense significance in the recent few months not only in South Asia but in the international corridors of power as well. The NSG is now confronted with a very critical issue of high politics ...

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  • Notwithstanding the proactive lobbying, assertive US backing and overwhelming support in favor of India’s bid for the membership, India is still struggling hard for the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) membership while the plenary meeting of NSG also concluded with sharp setback for India. The ...

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  • Dr Kenneth T Bainbridge was the physicist who directed the first atomic bomb test and “Trinity” was the codename given to the world’s first nuclear explosion by Dr J Robert Oppenheimer. He was known as the ‘father of atomic bomb’ for leading the World War II Manhattan ...

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  • The world first observed the devastation of mass destruction during the last days of World War II in August 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Two Japanese cities) were hit by two different nuclear bombs. The nuclear bomb was never tested before and for the first time it was tested during World War II. ...

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  • This May, the two South Asian nuclear states mark the eighteenth anniversary to the first detonation of their nuclear devices. Pakistan and India celebrates national days in commemoration of Chagai and Pokhran-II respectively that established nuclear deterrence for both states. The explosion of ...

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  • In the contemporary international environment, one of the foremost prevailing challenges to global peace, security and stability is the spread of nuclear weapons. The international mechanism to combat nuclear proliferation is becoming increasingly ‘inadequate’ not only to deal with ...

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  • India and Pakistan are intertwined in an absolute longstanding security competition. Although, nuclear parity does not exist in the region neither both states are conventionally parallel but action-reaction or tit-for-tat cycle is rapidly enhancing the nuclear capabilities in Southern region, ...

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  • Pakistan and United States have recently recommenced the stalled series of extensive working groups, to revisit and manage the ties between two states at different levels, known as ministerial-level strategic dialogue. In wake of this resumed platform after three years of hiatus, the US Secretary ...

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  • North Korea's recent detonation of nuclear device, which the state proclaimed as successful test of hydrogen bomb, has once again put the international spotlight on Pakistan's past proliferation record and alleged dealings with Pyongyang. Pakistan has officially condemned the North Korean nuclear ...

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  • Purposely, state officials say less about the country’s policy publically. But intermittently, their factually incorrect statements, devious responses to news reports, silent inclination to a particular revelation and opaque annotations, let drop the unstated. In this contextual ...

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  • The growing disparity and asymmetry in South Asia is favorable to India, yet challenging for Pakistan. Purportedly, India’s rising nuclear and conventional ambitions have enforced Pakistan to build up its nuclear capabilities to ensure the credibility of its nuclear deterrence. Previously, ...

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  • Since its inception, Pakistan’s nuclear programme has always been entangled in novel proposals contrived by US. At first it was ‘roll back’, then ‘revised highly enriched uranium (HEU)’, and now ‘normalizing’ the nuclear programme. Pragmatically, the ...

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  • Once again, before the visit of Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif to US, various Pakistani platforms are buzzing with debates surrounding the Western proposals for Pakistan’s nuclear mainstreaming. Similar reports were revolving before the Pakistani PM’s visit that asserted that the US will ...

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