Beenish Altaf

  • TThere are nine nuclear weapon states, and of the nine, four have not signed the NPT; Pakistan, Israel, India, and North Korea withdrew from the treaty. These four states are referred to as non-NPT nuclear weapon states. Pakistan, one of these nine states worldwide to possess nuclear weapons, ...

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  • TWith the approaching of the twenty-eighth Plenary Meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an elite nuclear cartel to control nuclear commerce, the fingers are crossed once again with regards to the non-NPT state’s membership issue. With this in the contemporary international security ...

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  • TFor the 2020 NPT Review Conference, the preparatory committee is scheduled to hold its second session from April 23 to May 4 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. The prospects for the next review conference do not look particularly bright owing to the fact that Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ...

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  • TPakistan has very recently conveyed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) its intention to subscribe to the ‘Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources’. This was in the end of Feb 2018 after which the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano came to Pakistan and ...

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  • TThe Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US has materialized despite all the odds, and since January 2016, the IAEA has been monitoring and verifying the nuclear related commitments made by Iran under this agreement. IAEA believes that the JCPOA is a significant tool for ...

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  • TThe rigid stance of both North Korea and the United States has raised concerns over the nuclear hangover between both states. North Korea is not ready to give up its nuclear weapons at this point in time, especially when it has tested all the required nukes to create its deterrence effect. The ...

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  • TThe failure of the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s (NPT) Review Conference to produce a document with a substantive consensus has convinced many Pakistani experts that the country’s leadership has made correct decisions on nuclear issues in the past. The NPT Review Conference is held after ...

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  • TAs India became the 35th member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), it is considered by India itself that the membership would be mutually beneficial in the furtherance of international non-proliferation objectives. Sardonically, this is not correct! India, immediately decided to ...

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  • TPakistan’s former envoy to United Nations, Amb Zamir Akram said that Pakistan is not seeking parity with India in terms of nuclear weapons, but is rather pursuing Full Spectrum Deterrence to ensure that there are no gaps in its deterrence capability. It is the need of the hour, while looking ...

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  • TIt is not the first time that India’s No First Use policy has become a topic of controversy. Ironically, March 2017 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference pledged a new wave of tense debate on the preemptive nuclear strike, decapitation strike and counter strike in South Asia. Vipin ...

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  • TDespite many denials, the lid has finally blown up over the Indian Cold Start Doctrine. This is done by an Indian official who is credible enough to quote and declare that India is on it officially. Gen. Bipin Rawat, Indian Army Commander-in-chief, blazed a new conflagration by acknowledging that ...

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  • TIndia is a big aspirant for inclusion in the group of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for legalizing its nuclear related trade with rest of the world. For this purpose the international community is continually portraying India’s nuclear tract record as A grade. This could be to achieve their ...

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  • TNo-first-use policy of the India's Nuclear Doctrine is, to a certain extent, uncertain as the India Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is contravening this policy bit by bit. Parrikar very recently expressed personal doubts about India’s nuclear no-first-use policy rhetoric: “Why should ...

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  • TThere is a possibility of a special Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary session in the coming months spotlighting the membership issue of the non-NPT states. Several dynamics could be weighed out in this regard: the criteria issue, the evolving global nuclear order, the south Asian strategic ...

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  • TNorth Korea is continually building up its nuclear and missile program that is causing apprehensions worldwide. Its most latest nuclear test triggered the fear of nuclear terror among the US and other relevant states. The contemporary test counted as the fifth and the largest one that has been ...

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  • TThe recently released report card in the series of the Arms Control Association (ACA) analyzes states' nuclear capabilities and evaluates the recent records of all the world’s nuclear-armed states. The Arms Control Association (ACA) is an independent organization and contributes in the global ...

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  • TThe World Nuclear Performance Report 2016 by the World Nuclear Association provides an up-to-date picture of the civil nuclear power sector and the way it is performing across several key metrics. The 2016 report forms the first in a series which will be updated annually and which will track ...

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  • TThe on-going Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary meeting debate on the possible inclusion of non-NPT states is gaining momentum, with some opposing the membership, while others suggesting criteria to accommodate non-NPT signatories into the NSG fold. India and Pakistan have formally ...

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  • TPakistan has applied for the NSG membership. A few days back it was announced by the Foreign Office that Pakistan’s Ambassador in Vienna has written to the chairman of the NSG and, “seeking participation in the export control strong support for international efforts to prevent the ...

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  • T1998 observed the overt nuclearization of South Asia, when both arch-rivals, India and Pakistan, detonated their nuclear devices. 1998 is celebrated as the advent of second nuclear age, whereas the first being cold war that ended in 1991. So, the peril of horizontal proliferation in South Asia ...

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  • TFinally the West is cracking down on some authenticable integer with regards to the Indian nuclear security especially India’s potential of becoming a hefty fissile material proliferator of the South Asian region. Besides the Indo-US strategic partnership aiming at mutual outcomes, there are ...

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