Pakistan Can Deploy Sea-Based Nukes, Officer Says

A high-level Pakistani navy official said Tuesday his country is “fully capable” of placing strategic weapons on sea-going vessels, the Press Trust of India reported (see GSN, Feb. 26).

Vice Adm. Asif Humayun, the navy’s chief of staff, would not tell participants at a workshop in Karachi whether the country planned such a deployment, how it would happen or whether Pakistan possesses submarines capable of firing missiles.

The navy is responsible for safeguarding Pakistan’s borders and protecting surrounding waters from terrorist organizations or other nonstate entities, Humayun said, adding that new submarines and battleships would help the country defend itself (Press Trust of India I, Oct. 15).

Meanwhile, a judge in the South Asian state yesterday declined to rule on former top Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan’s request to challenge his 4-year-old confinement in court (see GSN, Aug. 11).

Khan has largely been restricted to his home since he admitted past involvement in a nuclear smuggling ring. Pakistan’s top court barred Khan from speaking to the media after he renounced his confession earlier this year (see GSN, July 23; Press Trust of India II, Oct. 15).

October 16, 2008
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A high-level Pakistani navy official said Tuesday his country is “fully capable” of placing strategic weapons on sea-going vessels, the Press Trust of India reported (see GSN, Feb. 26).

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