‘Overlooking’ Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers
Generation Why: South Asian Voices, Stimson Center, April 9, 2014
Aditi Malhotra, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Studies
Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi
Fitzpatrick seems to acknowledge all the problems with nuclear Pakistan – track record of proliferation, a lowered nuclear threshold, command and control prone to human error, warheads not one-point safe, inability to control the terrorists – and still vouches for Pakistan to be recognised “as a normal nuclear state” especially when some may say that Pakistan itself is not a normal state. His compassion is discernible when he says “how long Pakistan must pay the price” for the Khan nuclear proliferation network – “a solitary event.” Drawing a parallel to India’s performance, Fitzpatrick argues that “the time has come to offer Pakistan a nuclear-cooperation deal akin to India’s”.