Book Review: ‘Nuclear Pakistan, Seeking Security and Stability’

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The Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) has launched its second book titled ‘Nuclear Pakistan, Seeking Security and Stability’.

Written by scholars from academic and scholarly background, it provides the readers with a critical viewpoint on Pakistan’s position on nuclear security and stability.

In his opening remarks, CISS Executive Director Naqvi said that thebook offers the history of the progress of the nuclear programme of Pakistan with chapters, including both the peaceful and military aspects. He said that the book explores in some detail an assessment of Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine, explaining its origins and evolution over the years.

Speaking at the occasion, former foreign minister Inamul Haque said that Pakistan should not be apologetic about its nuclear programme.

Ambassador Tariq Osman Hyder said that the academic strategic community in Pakistan has been too small for too long. He commented that it was a welcome change that apart from old stalwarts, competent new entrants who are recognised both at home and abroad have also contributed to the book. He remarked that book is successful not only in projecting the various aspects of Pakistan’s nuclear related search for Security and stability but in provoking thought on issues which need further clarification and exploration.

Khalid Banuri, former director deneral of Arms Control and Disarmament branch of Strategic Plans Division, critically analysed the book and inferred that the book is highly readable for both students to understand various aspects and for scholars to reflect upon issues raised by authors. He especially recommended that further studies be done to interpret the open source data for providing Pakistani perspective without emotive.

Rabia Akhtar, head of International Relations Department at the University of Lahore, in her review observed that Pakistan’s response to hostile propaganda has been weak and disjointed.

“Therefore, this book will help and develop Pakistan’s nuclear narrative which is the need of the time.” She said that a takeaway from the book is that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are not illegal under international law.

Editor of the book Dr Naeem Salik thanked the reviewers for their critical and objective analysis of the book. “We need to start filling in intellectual spaces with a greater debate on nuclear issues.”

The book-launching was attended by participants from different all parts of society, but mainly serving and retired diplomats, senior retired military officers, researchers, academics, scholars, media persons and university students.

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