Turkey’s diabolic expansionist plot in West Asia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean has grown thicker. Turkey, protected by its membership in NATO, has been destabilizing the region in Libya, Kurdistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Cyprus, and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Now, Turkey is looking to forge closer ties with Pakistan.
Suspicions about Pakistan’s covert support for Turkish nukes has been aroused by a recent meeting of the Turkey-Pakistan High-Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG). The assemblage took place on December 22-23. Pakistan’s Defence Secretary Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain led the delegation from Islamabad, while Deputy Chief of Turkish Army General Selcuk Bayraktaroglu headed the Turkish delegation, says an article published by Zeenews India. Sources said that transfer of missile technology and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) were the focus of these discussions.
Apart from ideological reasons, there is a clear quid pro quo in the Turkey-Pakistan alliance. The International Institute of Strategic Studies, points out that Turkish companies have backed Pakistan to covertly import materials from Europe, and export the finished products to players like Libya and North Korea. There have been credible media reports that have spotlighted that Turkey might be possessing a considerable number of centrifuges-spinning machines that purify uranium to higher grades – made by Pakistan.
It was therefore natural that Turkey, in its quest for atomic weapons, narrowed its focus on Pakistan, which has a well-established record of nuclear smuggling. For decades, Pakistan has been a kingpin of the ‘nuclear black market,” with the disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan helping numerous countries, especially in the production of centrifuges, through his infamous AQ Khan network.
Articulating his nuclear aspirations very recently in September 2019, Erdogan stated, “Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. I, however, am not supposed to have missiles with nuclear warheads. This, I cannot accept… And right next to us , there is Israel, right? With everything, it is frightening.”
Erdogan’s argument is blatantly false and self-serving. Several developed countries do not have atomic weapons. Only nine countries – the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel – possess nuclear weapons, with Washington and Moscow owning 93 percent of them, says an article published by the prestigious Arms Control Association.
Scholars argue that Erdogan sees Pakistani nuclear and missile capabilities as an important weapon in achieving his caliphate aspirations. The blatant transfer of defense technologies and equipment between both countries is now increasingly threatening the peaceful world order.