NEW YORK - A top American expert has urged US politicians to stop talking about securing Pakistani nuclear weapons by force and instead pursue a consistent policy toward Pakistan that also ends double standards vis-a-vis India. The remarks by Bruce Riedel, a chief architect of Obama admins policy toward South Asia, indicated the possibility of Pakistan getting a US civilian nuclear deal similar to India, which Islamabad sees as highly discriminatory. The controversial deal gives India access to advanced American nuclear technology in return for international safeguards on some but not all of its reactors. Riedel, a former CIA officer, expressed these views in the course of a long article in The Wall Street Journal on Saturday that recounts how and why Pakistan built its nuclear weapons. Throughout the article he projects India as an innocent victim of Pakistans excesses, conveniently ignoring its aggressions against Pakistan, its oppression of Kashmiri people and its attempts to establish hegemony in the region. Indeed, he credits India for showing 'remarkable restraint in response to provocation from Pakistan. The expert said that Pakistan could secure a nuclear deal with the US similar to the one Washington has with India, but to qualify for it Pakistan must take the following steps: Put the pledge-made by President Asif Ali Zardari-of no first use of nuclear weapons back on the table with India; -Sign the CTBT without demanding Indian adherence first. 'Pakistans arsenal works, and it does not need to test again, argued Riedel. Another step Riedel proposed for getting a deal like India was that Islamabad 'needs to show that the days of AQ Khan, Kargil and Mumbai are over for good and that it is addressing all the challenges it faces. 'In the meantime US should stay away from idle talk by politicians and pundits about 'securing Pakistans weapons by force, wrote Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think-tank. 'Today, he said, 'the arsenal is under the control of its military leaders, it is well protected, concealed and dispersed. Riedel said chatter about forcibly taking away Pakistans nuclear weapons 'is not only unrealistic but actually counter-productive, it makes the atmosphere for serious work with Pakistan on nuclear security harder, not easier. It gives the jihadists further ammunition for their charge that US secretly plans to disarm the only Muslim State with a bomb in cahoots with India and Israel. 'US needs a policy toward Pakistan and its bomb which emphasizes constancy and consistency and an end to double standards with India. Riedel said: 'Congress should quickly pass the Kerry-Lugar bill that triples economic aid without ,adding, crippling conditions. We should provide military aid, like helicopters and night vision devices, that helps fight extremist groups. We should also continue providing expertise in nuclear security and safety to Pakistan-that is in our interest. Today some in Pakistan recognise at long last the threat to their freedom comes from within, from the jihadists like the Taliban and al Qaeda, not from India. Now is the time to help them and ensure their hand is on the nuclear arsenal. The danger of Pakistan becoming a jihadist state is real. Just before her murder in December 2007, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said she believed al Qaeda would be marching on Islamabad in two years. A jihadist Pakistan would be a global game changer-the worlds second largest Muslim State with nuclear weapons breeding a hothouse of terrorism. Yet its not inevitable. For the past 60 years, US policy toward the country has been inconsistent and mercurial, rife with double standards with Pakistans neighbour India. Increasing calls to 'secure the countrys nuclear weapons by force are far from productive-in fact, its making serious work with Pakistan more difficult.