No PR122/2012-ISPR Dated: May 19, 2012
Islamabad - May 19, 2012:
NAVAL CHIEF INAUGURATES NAVAL STRATEGIC FORCE HEADQUARTERS
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila today inaugurated the newly constructed Headquarters of the Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC). Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai Director General Strategic Plans Division and other senior ranking Naval and Military officers were also present on the occasion.
While welcoming the Chief Guest, Vice Admiral Tanveer Faiz, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command highlighted that HQ NSFC will perform a pivotal role in development and employment of the Naval Strategic Force. The Force, which is the custodian of the nation’s 2nd strike capability, will strengthen Pakistan’s policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence and ensure regional stability.
The Chief of the Naval Staff commended the quality of work in making the HQ NSFC a state of the art facility. He declared that the day marks the formal establishment of the Naval Strategic Force Command of Pakistan.
Q - Which platforms in PN can deliver nuclear weapons?
India and Pakistan are wide apart in the way Nuclear C&C has been setup. The biggest difference lies in the operational control .... while Indian assets are controlled by civilian scientists and politicians, Pakistan has entrusted their armed forces with them (anyways their politics doesn't allow civilians to have an upper hand). Or is this only a perception?
Secondly, in our setup it appears to be all military control of nuclear weapons is thru only tri-services command (SFC), whose chief directly reports to the cabinet and not to any of the service chiefs - not even to COSC.
The veil of secrecy in our setup leaves me - as common citizen - unsure of my safety in the nuclear environment. There are only questions. When war will break out, can citizens be sure that the Civilian leadership will trust the military to actually execute the order to "press the button"? Is possible lack of nuclear preparation reason why Pakistan has been getting away with terror for last 15 years? How do I know that the Mirage pilots and crew are trained and adept in the delivery of nuclear weapons?
Members of the forum should not get me wrong: my remarks are meant to trigger a debate. But there has to be a balance between blind faith and informed confidence without actually letting our secrets out.