Washington: India and the US should prepare
a plan for exigencies in Pakistan if there is a collapse of the state structure and a threat to the safety of its nuclear weapons, which could fall into the hands of terrorists.
"The US and India should begin classified exchanges on
multiple Pakistan contingencies, including the collapse of the
Pakistan state and the specter of the Pakistan military losing
control of its nuclear arsenal," a report jointly brought out by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Aspen Institute has recommend.
"The obvious point that the United States and India have
vital national interests in the future of nuclear weapons and
material in Pakistan, which is the largest producer of fissile
material in the world today, and which is moving toward a
nuclear doctrine of battlefield capability," former US envoy
to India Robert Blackwill said at a panel discussion here.
The report says that Pakistan may well be in secular
decline, and that the US strategy followed by the last two
administrations has failed to bring Pakistan to act against
the terrorist groups that kill Indians and Americans in
It calls for a new strategy and part of that new strategy
should be a heavy condition on all future arms transfers to
Pakistan and the its military moving against terrorist groups.
The growth of the Pakistani nuclear arsenal, it’s possible
greater dispersion in conjunction with battlefield roles, and
the systemic stresses on the Pakistani state all could
negatively affect over time the arsenal’s safety and security.
These vital national interests make this the primary
concern of the United States and India regarding Pakistan,
says the report that runs into more than 60 pages.