Preparing For Revelation 8

Published on Oct 3, 2016 | Updated 21 hours ago By Nidhi Tewari | In Featured
The tensions between two Asian nations India and Pakistan have escalated over past couple of weeks. According to latest reports, Pakistan has threatened to use nuclear weapons on India too. Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has repeatedly said that there are chances that his country could use nuclear weapons against India.
We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us,” Asif had told a local Pakistani news channel, according to Indian Express. “Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India. We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase. If a such a situation arises we will use it (nuclear weapons) and eliminate India,” he added.
However, the United States has reportedly given a stern warning to Pakistan against its use of nuclear weapons. According to a senior State Department official, who did not reveal his identity for security reasons, US “repeatedly” made it clear to Pakistan that any “nuclear threat” to India will not be tolerated, Indian Express reported. The official called the threat of Pakistan to use nukes against India in India Pakistan possible par as “very concerning” and “serious thing.”
The US is now keeping a close watch on Pakistan and its movement of weapons of mass destruction. Pakistan is equipped with all military and chemical materials required for a nuclear attack against its neighbor.
“The safety of these weapons is always a concern for us. So we are always monitoring it, regardless of what they said on this particular occasion,” the State Department official added.
According to CNN, Pakistan has an estimate 110 and 130 nuclear weapon as of August estimates. Its nuclear stockpile is ever growing and is dangerous. In 1999, Pakistan became a declared nuclear weapons state but it has also signed a strict no first-use policy. The policy means that the Asian nation will not use nuclear weapons unless someone strikes it first.

India prepares for nuclear war

Times of India
BEIJING: China apprehends that India will deploy the 36 nuclear-capable Rafale fighter jets to be acquired from France in the border regions of China and Pakistan to enhance its deterrence capability, a media report here said.
India will deploy the new French-made fighters in the disputed areas bordering Pakistan and China, state-run Global Times reported quoting Shenzhen Television.
A recent report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said India is the largest arms importer in the world, the newspaper said.
Increased arms imports into the Asian region are primarily due to the unstable security environment in the Middle East and concerns from China’s neighbours over its rise.
The Rafale fighters in flyaway condition carry tactical nuclear warheads, and this means India’s nuclear deterrence capability will be greatly improved, Shenzhen Television reported.
„India also wants to purchase the Rafale technology from Dassault but France refused, meaning France has no intention to help India promote its military industrial system,“ Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asia Studies at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies said.
While India is rapidly expanding its military capabilities spending an estimated $100 billion on new defence systems, many other countries with an advanced military industry are also competing for India’s market, such as Russia, the US and Israel, the daily quoted SIPRI report as saying.
Zhao said before this deal with France, India was also considering the US-made F-16s.
„India picked French-made jet fighters because they are cheaper and have a nuclear deterrence capability,“ he said.
SIPRI’s list of the top 10 arms importers for 2011-2015 has nine Asian or Asia-Pacific countries.
Many of China’s neighbours are also on the list of top 10 importers, such as Vietnam, South Korea and India, he said.
„Due to the South China Sea dispute and the increasing power of the Chinese navy, countries like Vietnam and the Philippines are very concerned, but the US is not helping China solve the problem peacefully,“ said Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based military expert.
„The US government and media are hyping the ‚China Threat Theory,‘ trying to convince countries in Asia that China is on the offensive,“ he said.

India Strikes Back With Missiles Against Pakistan

 
New York Times
NEW DELHI — India said Thursday it carried out „surgical strikes“ against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Pakistan dismissed the reports that India’s military had targeted „terrorist launch pads“ inside the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir. Islamabad said instead that two of its soldiers were killed in „unprovoked“ firing by India across the border.
Tensions, which are always simmering between India and Pakistan, spiked after an attack earlier this month on an Indian military base in Kashmir. India accused Pakistan of sending militants belonging to the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed group, headquartered in Pakistan, to carry out the attack. Pakistan denied the charge.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been under heavy pressure to respond to the attack on the military base.

Pakistan Will Soon Nuke India

BY SARA KAMOUNI
30th September 2016, 12:21 am
The strikes, which were a response to shots fired across the de facto border through the disputed Himalayan territory, could lead to a military escalation between the two nuclear-armed neighbours – risking a ceasefire agreed in 2003
Tensions have been heightened since an attack on an Indian military base in Kashmir earlier this month, which left 18 soldiers dead.
Both countries claim Kashmir in full, but rule separate parts – and have fought three wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.
Responding to India’s latest strikes, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said: “We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us.
“Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India.
“We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said: “We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us.”
Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said: “Pakistan nuclear weapons are entangled in a history of tension, and while they are not a threat to the United States directly, we work with Pakistan to ensure stability.”
China, a traditional Pakistani ally, has also called for dialogue between the two nations.

The First Nuclear Attack (Revelation 8)

New Delhi, Sept 29: The bilateral friction between India and Pakistan escalated to a whole new level on Thursday. In retaliation to the terror attack in Uri, Indian army launched a cross-border surgical strike, which ended up killing nearly 35-40 terrorists across the border. Following the attack, Pakistan showed a knee-jerk reaction, warning India to exercise restraint or face full-blown retaliation from its forces. Not only did Pakistan reject the claims of India carrying out cross-border surgical strikes, but instead accused the eastern neighbour of violating the ceasefire which ended up killing 2 soldiers, and left at least 9 critically injured. In response to the surgical strike, several chauvinistic opinion-makers in Pakistan have suggested nuclear strikes against India.
Important to note is that both India and Pakistan are equipped with nuclear weapons. According to a report in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a global disarmament advocacy published in 2015, India had a total of 110-120 nuclear warheads. Whereas, Pakistan has 120-130 nuclear warheads. With such heavily loaded nuclear artillery, both the nations would cause maximum collateral damage. The possibility of carrying out precision strike is virtually impossible, as seen in the air raids conducted by US and Russian forces in Syria.
If India and Pakistan end up detonating 100 nuclear warheads each, the estimated collateral damage is stated to be 21 million lives. According to an analysis of IndiaSpend on terrorism in South Asia, the amount of casualties due to nuclear strike would be 2,221 times more than the number of people killed in terror attacks over the past nine years in India. (ALSO READ: LIVE Updates on Surgical Strike by India across LOC, Pakistan threatens to wage nuclear war)
In the words of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy, an estimated 100 million people in India would be killed in nuclear attack, but in response India would wipe out the entire state of Pakistan. Similar provocative statements were made by the Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif who openly threatened to use nuclear strikes against India, if the latter poses a threat to the existence of Pakistan.
Apart from the massive amount of casualties, the nuclear war would also cause immense climatic damage in the region. Nearly half of the ozone layer could be vanished due to the nuclear warfare. Rainfall would be adversely affected and the agriculture sector would be significantly destroyed.
The impact of the nuclear warfare would be felt for generations. The estimated casualty is only for the first week of warfare. The impact of the nuclear attack would lead to deaths in the months to come. As seen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (which were subjected to nuclear attack in World War-II), the impact of the nuclear attack would be felt for generations to come.
According to a report, nearly 66 per cent of nuclear artillery comprises of ballistic missiles. Pakistan could use nuclear-tipped medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs) to attack metropolitan cities in India, including Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. The report further claims that nearly 40 ballistic missiles of Pakistan could be mated with the warhead Ghauri. Using this nuclear arsenal, Pakistan could attack targets over the range of 1,300 kms. Almost all major cities of India, including Nagpur and Bhopal could be attacked using this missile-set.
Modified Date: September 29, 2016 9:49 PM

Pakistan Threatens India With Nuclear War

india pakistan borderPakistani defence minister threatens India of nuclear war
Damini Dawar
Asif clearly threatened India of launching nuclear attack saying, „We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase. If such a situation arises we will use it and eliminate India.“
On the other hand, two men Faizal Hussain Awan (20) and Yasin Khursheed (19) who were arrested by Indian agencies regarding Uri attack case clearly told the agencies that they had helped the four terrorists to cross the border, serving as guides.
Meanwhile, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided not to attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad in November amidst the present tensions between India and Pakistan.
External Affairs Ministry in a statement announced this and said, „India has conveyed to current SAARC Chair Nepal that increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of Member States by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016,“ reported Huffington Post.
Amid India’s warning that it may suspend the56-year-old Indus Water treaty, Pakistan has, reportedly, approached the United Nations and the International court of Justice.
Sartaz Aziz, Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs said, „The international law states that India cannot unilaterally separate itself from the treaty…..Between the two countries, this act of revocation can be taken as an act of war.“

The Age of "Conventional" Nuclear Weapons

Sachin Parashar | TNN | Sep 21, 2016, 07.49AM IST
A potential low-yield, tactical nuclear weapon strike by Pakistan is perhaps the single most important factor preventing the Modi government from taking military action against Pakistan in haste. While the threat from these weapons has been described by some in India as just a Pakistani red herring, the same will play on the minds of policy makers if they indeed decide to go ahead with any cross-border strike.
As the director of Federation of American Scientists‘ Nuclear Information Project, Hans Kristensen remains one of the world’s leading authorities on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme. He first wrote in 2011 that Pakistan’s production of the nuclear-capable 60-km Nasr missile was not intended to target any Indian ci ty but to check an Indian Army advance. TOI caught up with Kristensen to find out how credible was the threat from Pakistan’s tactical nukes:
Does the prospect of a flare-up between India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers, after the Uri attack worry you?
Yes, that is potentially a dangerous situation. However, a Pakistani decision to use nuclear weapons in response to an Indian incursion is not automatic but would very much depend on the magnitude of the Indian incursion.
When exactly do you think Pakistan could put to use its tactical nuclear weapons?
Smaller operations would be very unlikely to trigger nuclear use but would certainly trigger conventional responses. And once a conventional confrontation breaks out and more forces are thrown into the battle, it would potentially escalate to nuclear weapons use if Pakistan concluded that it couldn’t push back the Indian attack.
What about the effectiveness of these weapons for Pakistan?
As for the effectiveness, nuclear weapons could no doubt create significant problems for an attacking force. But it very much depends on how the attack is structured. Indian forces would have to attack in fairly concentrated formations for nuclear weapons to be useful. And a nuclear counter-attack could actually end up requiring a large number of warheads. When the US examined potential use of tactical nuclear weapons against Iraq it concluded that it would not be a limited matter but require a significant number of weapons.
What can Indian forces do to limit the damage from a low-yield nuclear weapon?
If the Indian forces were not coming in a heavily concentrated form but more dispersed and from different directions, it would be much more complicated to counter them.
Could Pakistan itself not suffer from the radioactive fallout of its tactical nukes?
The radioactive fallout from the weapons would be indiscriminate; it would fall wherever the wind blows. So if the Indian forces were attacking with the wind in their back, the radioactive fallout would drift across Pakistan, not India.
In these circumstances, can India afford to use the military option?
Because of these risks, it would be reckless and highly risky for India to strike into Pakistan in revenge for the terrorist attacks. It would carry with it consequences that would far exceed the damage caused by the terrorist attacks. Sound strategy —especially nuclear strategy -— requires cool heads, not hasty reactive military spasms.

The Pakistani Horn Refuses Any Nuclear Limits

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, said on Wednesday that Pakistan’s nuclear program could not be limited.
Addressing a joint press conference with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry, Maleeha Lodhi said that US Secretary of State John Kerry had urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to limit Pakistan’s atomic program. However, she said that it had been conveyed to the US Secretary of State that the proposals which were expected from Pakistan should also be implemented by India.
Pakistan’s nuclear program cannot be limited,“ she said. „The world should first put an end to nuclear activities undertaken by India,“ she added.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said that PM Nawaz had raised the issue of Indian-occupied Kashmir with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and also attended a lunch hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He also disclosed that Sartaj Aziz had met with his counterparts from Austria, Switzerland and Japan. In the meeting, Aziz informed his counterparts regarding the abuse of human rights in occupied Kashmir.
„Pakistan’s inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group was also discussed during the meeting,“ she said.
Aizaz said that no other state had acted against terrorism as much as Pakistan had. He said that Pakistan’s representatives had arrived at the United Nations with their agenda.
„PM’s speech is going to be important,“ said Chaudhry. „PM Nawaz is going to present a strong case of occupied Kashmir in front of the world,“ he added.
He also said that PM Nawaz would also speak about Indian involvement in Pakistan during his address.

Pakistan Builds A New Nuclear Site

AFP | 5 hours ago
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, estimated to have the world’s fastest-growing nuclear stockpile , could be building a new uranium enrichment complex according to commercial satellite imagery analysed by Western defence experts.
The construction of a new site, based in the town of Kahuta some thirty kilometres east of Islamabad, provides fresh evidence of how Pakistan is seeking to boost its atomic arsenal — a goal which is inconsistent with the principles of the Nuclear Suppliers Group the country is seeking to join, said the analysis.
The analysis was conducted by IHS Jane’s Intelligence review using satellite images taken by Airbus Defence and Space on September 28, 2015 and then again on April 18, 2016.
A 2015 report written by scholars at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center said Pakistan could increase its stockpile by 20 warheads a year and have the world’s third largest in a decade.
„The area of interest is approximately 1.2 hectares and is located within the secure area of the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), in the southwestern part of the complex,“ said the statement.
Karl Dewey, a proliferation analyst at IHS Jane’s added: „It is sited within an established centrifuge facility, has strong security and shows some of the structural features of a possible new uranium enrichment facility. This makes it a strong candidate for a new centrifuge facility.“
The structure of the site also bears strong resemblance to facilities built by nuclear fuel company URENCO which also operates several nuclear plants in Europe, it said.
„This may be more than coincidence as A Q Khan, considered by many to be the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, worked at URENCO before stealing centrifuge designs and returning to Pakistan,“ said Charlie Cartwright, an imagery analyst for IHS Jane’s.
Pakistan is currently seeking to join the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group that seeks to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture atomic weapons.
„It is difficult to see how these actions are consistent with the principles of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a group of responsible nuclear exporters which Pakistan is seeking to join,“ said Ian Stewart, head of research group Project Alpha at King’s College London.
Pakistani physicist A H Nayyar told AFP if the site was indeed a centrifuge, „then primarily because they are being built inside KRL I would conclude they are being for weapons,“ adding that the country’s nuclear power plants were supplied by imported uranium from China.
He however cautioned it was not possible to be definitive about the site’s purpose based on imagery alone.

Pakistan Nuclear Horn Threatens Babylon the Great

Press Trust of India | Washington Sep 09, 2016 06:42 AM IST
„The growth in Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities and the broadening of its deterrence objectives raise thorny challenges for US interests to prevent a nuclear explosion and to maintain effective security on nuclear weapons and materials,“ Toby Dalton, co-director Nuclear Policy Program, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing yesterday on Pakistan.
In his testimony, Dalton said Pakistan has the capability to expand its arsenal by 20 nuclear weapons every year and the over the past decade the nation had significantly expanded the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.
Dalton said Pakistan places increasing emphasis on nuclear weapons to counter Indian military threats.
„From Pakistan’s few official pronouncements on nuclear doctrine and statements by government officials, it is clear that deterrence is understood to be elastic: whenever the Indian threat grows, more or new nuclear capabilities are needed,“ he said.
In his testimony, Dalton praised the safeguards put in place by the nation when it comes to protecting its nuclear arsenal.
„To be fair, Pakistan is not given sufficient credit for the nuclear security practises it has put in place. By most indicators, its security is probably quite good, but not foolproof.It has learnt lessons from the AQ Khan affair and it has responded to international fears about terrorists acquiring weapons by putting in place a comprehensive security strategy run by a professional branch within the military,“ he said.
„The prominence given to nuclear weapons in Pakistan’s national security strategy means that the government has a very strong interest to protect them. To date, there is no public information that indicates any close calls of material going missing, and no hints of further technology leakage after the Khan proliferation network was dismantled,“ he added.y