Why is Pakistan so quick to speak about nukes, Khawaja Asif?

Published: December 28, 2016

Does he, like other members of the government, not get briefed by security agencies?

Sitting in his jail cell secretly armed with a cellular phone, a British mobile SIM, and the contact details of world leaders, a murderous psychotic terrorist, in the hopes of killing countless, sat plotting nuclear war. His plans were so ludicrous that you’d think this was a work of fiction straight out of a bad spy novel, but I assure you that this incident was frighteningly real.

First, he called a nuclear-powered nation itching to retaliate to fresh terrorist attacks on its soil, pretending to be the head of state of a nation whose countrymen were allegedly responsible for the attack. Attempting to call the foreign minister, he was unable to get through the security protocols, and gave up after being promised a return call. Next, he called the secretary of state of the most powerful nation of the world, but was once again unable to pass the security of checks.

Finally, he tried his luck calling the president of the country that stood nervously accused of orchestrating a terrorist attack on its neighbours, and wouldn’t you know it, he got through to former president, Asif Ali Zardari.

Yes, it would be amusing if it weren’t so pitiful that according to reports, while sitting in his Hyderabad jail, British terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh, linked to organisations such as Taliban, al Qaeda and others, convicted for the brutal kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, was unable to get through to Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee or American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, yet had a conversation with the president of Pakistan.

And not only did he have a conversation, he also managed to convince the Pakistani leader that he was the Indian foreign minister threatening him with dire consequences. Here, the Pakistani leadership went into panic mode. What followed were phone calls between Zardari, former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, and eventually, between General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

Eventually, cooler heads prevailed and the call was traced to Hyderabad, but for some time, the hoax calls drove India and Pakistan to brink of war.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like a change in administration has helped Pakistan. A few days ago, Pakistan once again became the laughing stock of the world, making headlines in India, Israel, the United States, and more, when Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif read a piece of fake news and responded to it in his official status on Twitter by threatening Israel with nuclear weapons.

Perhaps, if Asif was the minister of agriculture or minister of sports, his mistake could be forgiven, but for a defense minister to threaten another nation with nuclear power over a piece of fake news is unforgivable.

Where was our defense minister’s intelligence? Does he, like other members of the government, not get briefed by security agencies? Does he do his job based on what he reads on social media?

Also, why is Pakistan so quick to speak of nuclear weapons, like the stupid unemployed man who can’t feed his family or support himself, but boasts about how well-endowed he is? Our literacy rates are low, unemployment rates are high, our government is corrupt and consisting of unofficial citizens from Panama. We can’t protect our women, children, or minorities, yet we can surely bomb your country to regress to our levels.

We are so quick to mock Donald Trump even though we have a Trump on every street corner. No wonder Trump said “he loves Pakistan” in that viral video. After all, he has plenty in common with our own leadership.

Noman Ansari

Noman Ansari

The author is the editor-in-chief of IGN Pakistan, and has been reviewing films and writing opinion pieces for The Express Tribune as well as Dawn for five years. He tweets as @Pugnate (twitter.com/Pugnate)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • wb

    Good blog. When I first heard the story of that call from Rauf Klasra, I was like What?!

    This goes to show that Pakistan is an extremely insecure and weak country. The bravado of the army is all hollow. And we have seen that in 1971, Kargil, 1965 and many times more.

    And then Pakistanis wonder why the world doesn’t give a nuclear deal to this utterly irresponsible and joke of a nuclear power.

    But then, the leaders are among you. So, it probably reflects the collective mindset of Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Gingerman78

    Pakistani politicians are immature and low quality rogues in expensive suits. They, like most Pakistanis, foolishly believe that their military, their non-state actors and their nukes are force multipliers which will help them attain their goals or keep imagined enemies at bay. Embattled Israel has has long been a nuclear power yet one never hears them threaten anyone while Pakistani politicians do that at the drop of a hat. You think that does not create an impression around the world?Recommend

  • Sleepless

    Probably trying to compensate for something…Recommend

  • Concard_007

    Normally no one talks about Nuclear weapons. Not only the great USA which used it on Japan, Russia, China, France, UK, India or Israel. No matter who is in power in these countries there was never ever a threat issued verbally by any these countries even during worst tensions that they will use Nuclear weapons on their enemies.

    On the other hand North Korea, Iran and Pakistan all have issued at some point statements from one of the government ministers lower or higher level that they will use Nukes directly or indirectly. Perhaps these countries aren’t aware that once you push the nuke button, no country on Earth will stop the other from fully annihilating the country which first used the nuke unless it effects them then they might try to stop it. Mature countries know their responsibilities and know how to wield power without showing off their destructive weapons.

    But for North Korea, Iran, and Pakistan apart from their prized possessions that is nukes there is nothing of importance they can give to the world. So like spoiled children they resort to showing nuke buttons thinking the rest of the world will take them seriously.Recommend


    He is Defence Minister of Pakistan ? Being a cabinet minister how can he react to fake news
    We Indians are happy in the sense that this guy is more than enough to make Pakistan a NSG member and sad in the sense that he may press the nuclear button against Indians.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    As insecure as India. It must be something in our shared blood. But the difference is that the intellectual classes in Pakistan actually call a spade a spade.Recommend

  • Anon

    Why is Pakistan so quick to speak about nukes, Khawaja Asif?

    Because there is nothing else to speak about…..Recommend

  • ingeborg Malik

    What else should he speak of if not Nukes?Failing Textile IndustryPower Shortages,Water Problems?Literacy Problems??the list is long of failures the only Bright Spot for the Establishment is ,naturally…NUKESRecommend

  • Vish

    “Intellectual classes “, Seriously is there any such animal in Pakistan? I guess myth making and flawed analysis qualifies as ‘intellectual ‘ in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Because Khawaja is a two bit loofah politician.
    Put In Defense Minister position by his master
    the mega loofah,…SharifRecommend

  • Swaadhin

    Any examples of India’s insecurity please?

    You are smart enough to have put ” intellectual classes” before those whom you believe call a spade a spade in Pakistan thoughRecommend

  • Rajiv

    Pakistanis are jokers.
    and their so called country is a joke for the world.Recommend

  • Vin P

    good articleRecommend

  • Rajiv

    Well said.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan yadav

    How did you even conclude India is insecure???? Another ” intellectual” guess I suppose.Recommend

  • Yogi Berra

    India is not complaining though. More such threats will prove India’s demand to the world community that nuclear weapons in country like Pakistan is a bad idea and they should be confiscated by UN body. Indians encourage Pakistani politicians to keep showing such bravado even in future.Recommend

  • antistatusquo

    @Noaman Ansari…….sir these Indians will need 1000 years to reach to some kind of unbiased intellect levels……don’t waste your timeRecommend

  • Ahson

    Why are you dishonestly dragging Iran into this discussion?? Iran does not have nukes nor has it ever threatened to nuke Israel. Don’t spread disinformation.Recommend

  • Ahson

    because both India and Pakistan are looked down at by everyone. Nothing to be proud of.Recommend

  • Venkat Ramana

    Hi.this is the problem…when you respond to someone, dont be personal and provide facts , collaborated by an international source if possible. If not then keep quiet.Recommend

  • Ahson

    yeah and what about your country?Recommend

  • Ahson

    It is amazing how Indians absolutely swarm our news articles, forums and social media………lol………Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    why is Pakistan so quick to speak of nuclear weapons,

    Most people if not all from Pakistan are very emotinoal and used to thinking loud. But they are not the kind of trigger happy one finds in the Americas. Let us wait when the ” Mad dog ” defense minister of the Trump team of Zombies take over his seat in the Pantagon, the author will have to write another article to descriibe about the threats appearing on the witter..

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Abdul Wasi

    Recently the smugglers were arrested by your police trying to smuggle 9 kilos of depleted Uranium worth more than $3.5 million!! Isnt this enough?Recommend

  • cautious

    Average IQ in Pakistan is 84 – average IQ in India is about 80 – Worldwide it’s a little less than 100. Probably not something that gets discussed much in either Pakistan or India.Recommend

  • Lalit

    Such statements only help in calling their nuclear bluffs…..Recommend

  • Rohan

    Those poor Hindus are still a million times better off than their jealous cousins in fail-istanRecommend

  • Ahson

    90% of Indians also belong to lower castes. How does it feel now?Recommend

  • Yogi Berra

    Cite credible report to prove average IQ of Pakistanis is 84. Or was it typo – 74 instead of 84? Pakistanis are worst performing people not only in south Asia but also in UK, US and Canada in terms of educational and financial attainment. You can find many articles in Pak news papers on this topic. Even on TV. While you do it also find time to research on Indian diaspora across the globe and achievement of (Indian) Indians in high tech domain.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Pakistan nuclear program started before India. India herself supported Pakistan Nuclear program.Recommend

  • vinsin

    What about TNT? Then Why Pakistani come to India for medical treatment?Recommend