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U.S. Says Pakistan Altered Missiles Sold for Defense

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U.S. Says Pakistan Altered Missiles Sold for Defense

WASHINGTON — The United States has accused Pakistan of illegally modifying American-made missiles to expand its capability to strike land targets, a potential threat to India, according to senior administration and Congressional officials.
The charge, which set off a new outbreak of tensions between the United States and Pakistan, was made in an unpublicized diplomatic protest in late June to Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and other top Pakistani officials.
The accusation comes at a particularly delicate time, when the administration is asking Congress to approve $7.5 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next five years, and when Washington is pressing a reluctant Pakistani military to focus its attentions on fighting the Taliban, rather than expanding its nuclear and conventional forces aimed at India.
While American officials say that the weapon in the latest dispute is a conventional one — based on the Harpoon antiship missiles that were sold to Pakistan by the Reagan administration as a defensive weapon in the cold war — the subtext of the argument is growing concern about the speed with which Pakistan is developing new generations of both conventional and nuclear weapons.
“There’s a concerted effort to get these guys to slow down,” one senior administration official said. “Their energies are misdirected.”
At issue is the detection by American intelligence agencies of a suspicious missile test on April 23 — a test never announced by the Pakistanis — that appeared to give the country a new offensive weapon.
American military and intelligence officials say they suspect that Pakistan has modified the Harpoon antiship missiles that the United States sold the country in the 1980s, a move that would be a violation of the Arms Control Export Act. Pakistan has denied the charge, saying it developed the missile itself. The United States has also accused Pakistan of modifying American-made P-3C aircraft for land-attack missions, another violation of United States law that the Obama administration has protested.
Whatever their origin, the missiles would be a significant new entry into Pakistan’s arsenal against India. They would enable Pakistan’s small navy to strike targets on land, complementing the sizable land-based missile arsenal that Pakistan has developed. That, in turn, would be likely to spur another round of an arms race with India that the United States has been trying, unsuccessfully, to halt. “The focus of our concern is that this is a potential unauthorized modification of a maritime antiship defensive capability to an offensive land-attack missile,” said another senior administration official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter involves classified information.
“The potential for proliferation and end-use violations are things we watch very closely,” the official added. “When we have concerns, we act aggressively.”
A senior Pakistani official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity because the interchanges with Washington have been both delicate and highly classified, said the American accusation was “incorrect.” The official said that the missile tested was developed by Pakistan, just as it had modified North Korean designs to build a range of land-based missiles that could strike India. He said that Pakistan had taken the unusual step of agreeing to allow American officials to inspect the country’s Harpoon inventory to prove that it had not violated the law, a step that administration officials praised.
Some experts are also skeptical of the American claims. Robert Hewson, editor of Jane’s Air-Launched Weapons, a yearbook and Web-based data service, said the Harpoon missile did not have the necessary range for a land-attack missile, which would lend credibility to Pakistani claims that they are developing their own new missile. Moreover, he said, Pakistan already has more modern land-attack missiles that it developed itself or acquired from China.
“They’re beyond the need to reverse-engineer old U.S. kit,” Mr. Hewson said in a telephone interview. “They’re more sophisticated than that.” Mr. Hewson said the ship-to-shore missile that Pakistan was testing was part of a concerted effort to develop an array of conventional missiles that could be fired from the air, land or sea to address India’s much more formidable conventional missile arsenal.
The dispute highlights the level of mistrust that remains between the United States and a Pakistani military that American officials like to portray as an increasingly reliable partner in the effort to root out the forces of the Taliban and Al Qaeda on Pakistani territory. A central element of the American effort has been to get the military refocused on the internal threat facing the country, rather than on threat the country believes it still faces from India.
Pakistani officials have insisted that they are making that shift. But the evidence continues to point to heavy investments in both nuclear and conventional weapons that experts say have no utility in the battle against insurgents.
Over the years, the United States has provided a total of 165 Harpoon missiles to Pakistan, including 37 of the older-model weapons that were delivered from 1985 to 1988, said Charles Taylor, a spokesman for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
The country’s nuclear arsenal is expanding faster than any other nation’s. In May, Pakistan conducted a test firing of its Babur medium-range cruise missile, a weapon that military experts say could potentially be tipped with a nuclear warhead. The test was conducted on May 6, during a visit to Washington by President Asif Ali Zardari, but was not made public by Pakistani officials until three days after the meetings had ended to avoid upsetting the talks. While it may be technically possible to arm the Harpoons with small nuclear weapons, outside experts say it would probably not be necessary.
Before lawmakers departed for their summer recess, administration officials briefed Congress on the protest to Pakistan. The dispute has the potential to delay or possibly even derail the legislation to provide Pakistan with $7.5 billion in civilian aid over five years; lawmakers are expected to vote on the aid package when they return from their recess next month.
The legislation is sponsored by Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the top Democrat and Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Representative Howard L. Berman, a California Democrat who leads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Congressional aides are now reconciling House and Senate versions of the legislation.
Frederick Jones, a spokesman for Mr. Kerry, declined to comment on the details of the dispute citing its classified nature but suggested that the pending multifaceted aid bill would clear Congress “in a few weeks” and would help cooperation between the two countries.
“There have been irritants in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship in the past and there will be in the future,” Mr. Jones said in a statement, noting that the pending legislation would provide President Obama “with new tools to address troubling behavior.”

71% Favor Punishing General Musharraf: GALLUP

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71% Favor Punishing General Musharraf: GALLUP PAKISTAN


According to a recent Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 71% of a

nationally representative sample of Pakistanis support giving harsh or mild punishment to the former

President General Musharraf for his unconstitutional steps on November 3, 2007; 52% favor harsh

while 19% support mild punishment, 15% favor no punishment and the remaining 14% did not give a


A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked “


Supreme Court has termed the enforcement of emergency on 3

rd Nov, 2007 as illegal. Some people believe that Musharraf should be punished for this, while some believe he should not. In your view

should he get a harsh, mild, or no punishment?

” Majority (52%) said he should be punished harshly

and 19% believe he should be given a mild punishment for this crime. Fifteen percent (15%) of the

respondents do not support punishing Musharraf for enforcing emergency on November 3, 2007 while

14% did not give any response.

The survey findings also show that while there are no significant differences in views on punishing

General Musharraf across gender and age, there are notable differences across political affiliations.

Those intending to vote for Muslim League (Nawaz), MMA/JUI and ANP have higher support for

punishing Musharraf, above 80%, followed by PPP voters and PML-Q voters (around 60%) and the

support is the lowest amongst MQM voters at only 19%.

Question: “

Recently Supreme Court has termed the enforcement of emergency on 3rd Nov, 2007 as

illegal. Some people believe that Musharraf should be punished for this, while some

believe he should not. In your view should he get a harsh, mild, or no punishment?

The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate

of Gallup International. The latest survey was carried out among a sample of

2926 men and women in

rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during the first half of August 2009. Error

margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

Musharraf may go for another deal to save his skin

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Musharraf may go for another deal to save his skin
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Former president may seek asylum in UK

ISLAMABAD: Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf may agree to another ‘great deal’ that would help him escape trial under Article 6 for subverting the Constitution. The deal would be conditional to assurance on his part to formalise his exile in the United Kingdom and staying quiet for a period of at least ten years. In return, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and other political forces would not hotly pursue the demand for registration of a case against him under serious offences, his arrest and trial.

The understanding would ensure a status quo for the sake of smooth running of the affairs of the government. It would also provide an atmosphere that would enable the incumbent administration to overcome the real problems of the masses. The understanding would not force any of the parties to compromise on their respective positions about each other. The PML-N and others would not be required to give up their demand for action against the former president. It is believed that following the understanding Pervez Musharraf would be consigned to history.

Well placed political sources said Pervez Musharraf, who plans to move outside the United Kingdom in a couple of days, would not poke his nose into domestic politics of the country and would return to a completely retired life.

The former commando general, is believed to become disappointed after his supporters abandoned him. The euphoria for Pervez Musharraf is over as no political stalwart is prepared to assist him to fight his case in the court. The newborn faction of the PML has also ditched its former mentor considering him as “excess baggage” of the past. The new faction has publicly disowned him. The day he was discarded by the last PML faction, the former president decided to get out of the quagmire of politicking.

The sources hinted that Pervez Musharraf could seek political asylum in the United Kingdom if cases are registered and pursued against him by various parties. “If the former president is booked on charges carrying the death penalty, he would be entitled to seek asylum,” the sources said. Pervez Musharraf is in constant consultation with British legal experts for possible political asylum in the United Kingdom.

Interlocutors of the new ‘great deal’ are keeping the details and mode of interaction close to their chest but the understanding is likely to be finalised in a couple of weeks, the sources said.

The sources pointed out that the armed forces are also of the view that their former commander, who wrongly dragged the forces into politics, must avoid any further humiliation to the institution. The thinking and gossip in the barracks about the retired general also suggest that the armed forces should not suffer any further on account of a person who badly misused his uniform. The rank and file of the armed forces is not in favour of aggravating things any more. Sources said Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif are on the same page about the fate of the former president.

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