Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, Prof. Dr. Shaeshta Tabbasum , Prof. Shujaat Hussain , Imteiaz Faran and Nusrat Mirza spoke on the topic.
Vice Admiral® Arifullah Hussaini was of the opinion that full spectrum of deterrence is only possible if our nation is equipped with sophisticated technology and knowledge. Due to deterrence the war has been avoided in South Asia and world over. USA has established its primacy after attacking Japan with atomic bomb. But American supremacy is in question now.
Nusrat Mirza Chairman Rabita Forum international in his introductory speech said that 28th May 1998 called Yome Takbeer that gave this nation a confidence and respect among the nations of the world to become 7th Nuclear Power. Pakistan obtained a unique technology in spite of sanctions and all kind of pressure and hurdles. That showed the resolve of the nation to counter India which has with the help of the world divided Pakistan in 1971 and then to frighten Pakistan by detonating the atom bomb in Pokhran in 1974 naming smiling Budha. After that Pakistan has no option except to respond and also become a nuclear power. It took 10 years to achieve the desire goal. In 1984, we have enriched the uranium to the atomic level. It was known to USA but as it was engaged in Afghan war to defeat the USSR so it did not object or resist at that time but considered that it has the capability to reverse Pakistan’s nuclear program at a later stage. But it could not do as the resolve of Pakistani nation was so strong that USA and its allies neither could restrict or limit or reverse our advancement in nuclear technology.
Our advancement was in two directions: peaceful use of Nuclear technology and military use. We have demonstrated our skill by detonating the 7 bombs; 6 in Chagi and one in Kharan hills on 28th May 1998 and a day after. The progress made by Pakistani scientists in the field of Peaceful use nuclear technology for the betterment of human beings is tremendous and has been appreciated throughout the world. Mr. Amano the Chairman of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) based in Austria has lauded Pakistan’s efforts in the fields of Agriculture, Health and Education. He also paid rich tribute to Pakistan for safeguarding the Nuclear Power Plants and new techniques developed by Pakistan in health and Education. In security area Pakistan has been accepted having one of the most protected systems of the world for nuclear assets. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto initiated the atomic program, Dr.A.Q Khan enriched the uranium. The detonation was done by Mian Nawaz Sharif on 28th May 1998 which is a pride for him. The power politics and other things are in the middle and the man also changes. For one thing that one achieves one should not expect that now he can do whatever he likes or become absolute powerful man. Heroes are heroes. The nation respect Heroes. If one would like to keep this title, one should live politics and or controversy.
Prof. Shujaat Husain said it is phycology is more dangerous than the weapon
Imteiz khan Faran president Karachi Press Club said our weapon for defense and not aggression.
Prof. Dr. Shaesta Tabssum paper is included in this issue.
Zafar Imam Advocate welcomed the speakers and the audience.