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Nuclear sites in Pakistan: secure so far?

May 4, 2009

Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen reports today that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are still secure, despite the encroachment of the Taliban within 100 miles of Islamabad.

Admiral Mullen, who was in the region last week, said that he did not think for now that the United States had to worry that militants would get hold of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. “We all recognize, obviously, the worst downside with respect to Pakistan is that those nuclear weapons come under the control of terrorists,” Admiral Mullen said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen. I don’t see that in any way imminent whatsoever at this particular point in time.”

As a way to visualize this (and because I’m going to be publishing something soon on this issue) I wanted to see whether the Taliban were indeed approaching the nuclear sites.

The Taliban are reported to be in Mingora, the biggest town in the SWAT valley.

The two nuclear groups in Pakistan, Khan Research Labs (KRL) and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).  (for a satellite photo, click here.)

KRL is located in Kahuta, south of Islamabad 

and PAEC is located north of Islamabad

To say that they are “secure” may be an overstatement, given that these facilities are within a hundred mile radius of the swat valley.

There’s a nuclear reactor in Karachi, in the south of the country, but it is not in danger of being overrun.

One Comment leave one →
  1. remmmy permalink
    May 5, 2009 5:12 pm

    Have you seen this? It’s realtime crisis tracking and mapping — used in the Indian elections, by Al-Jazeera in Gaza and during the Kenyan unrest.

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