By Geoffrey Cook, TMO
Ontario (Calif.)–This paper begins by re-looking at the possibility — voiced in a 2003 study of your journalist which concluded that there is an Israeli-Pakistani nuclear confrontation layered under the Indo-Pak stare-down. Your investigator sought to see if it still exists, but in investigating the question, it leads to A.Q. Khanâ€™s own assumed â€œprivateâ€ proliferation. Thereby, your researcher uncovered a probable State-sponsored policy proxy MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction). This investigator proposes that this policy was to blunt Israel, who saw Islamabad as the purveyor of the (fundamentalist) dread of an â€œIslamic Bomb.â€
Pakistan responded to the threat by propping up the Middle Eastern regional powers vis-Ã -vis their Zionist threat without detracting from Rawalpindiâ€™s primary geo-political challenge, India.
In an interview with (former) Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf conducted by Tel Avivâ€™ daily, Hareetz discussed below, the COAS (Commander of the Armed Service) admitted that Khan had proliferated Pakistani atomic tech to Tehran. In that interview, Musharraf admits Khanâ€™s assignment may have created a â€œFrankensteinâ€ to their neighboring nations, for with Iran as a fully nuclearized nation-state, Pakistan would be surrounded by two weaponized States.
Still, Pakistan, as a fully-armed state next to Tehranâ€™s territory, makes them an integral factor to the Iran-Israeli crisis. General Musharraf voiced sentiments closer to Israel because of his personal fears of Iran. Whereas the current Foreign Minister, Hina Khar, vehemently states that Pakistan will act (and re-act) within its own interests. Curiously, those in regards to Iran, are economic â€“ the Shia Islamic Republicâ€™s mineral wealthâ€¦mainly gas. What your correspondent perceives is that Islamabad is vacillating in creating a plan if the worst would happen.
One of the main issues is India. New Delhiâ€™s threat is centric to the Pakistani forces. Also, Bharat is a nominal ally to both Israel and Pakistan. The largely Hindu nation (with the second highest Muslim population worldwide) is highly dependent upon on their Shiite ally of Iran â€“ mainly for their oil. Israel and India have found commonality within their common terror of an overbearing Islamic alliance with a nuclear component, but last week India had delivered a strong diplomatic note requesting Tel Aviv lower its threat to Iran.
Any Pakistani involvement, which could prove pivotal to the crisis, depends upon New Delhiâ€™s response to the threat to its supply of power for its development by allowing her revival across the LoC to aid its western neighbor. In a sense, both have corresponding interest in their relationship to Iran.