File image of the Chinese ship Dai Cui Yun
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New Delhi: Experts from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have confirmed that an industrial autoclave seized from the Chinese ship Dai Cui Yun can be used for the manufacture of very long-range ballistic missiles or satellite launch rockets. The ship was detained by Customs at Kandla Port while en-route to Port Qasim, Karachi, on February 3 on the basis of an intelligence tip-off and allowed to proceed to the Pakistani port on February 20 after the so-called dual-use (civilian and military) equipment was seized. The autoclave was misdeclared as an industrial dryer.

Hindustan Times first reported the seizure.

Analysts said DRDO’s confirmation exposes the nuclear nexus between China and its all-weather ally Pakistan. According to top government and intelligence officials, the DRDO’s technical experts and missile scientists informed the Kandla Customs, the ministry of external affairs and national security planners on Tuesday morning that the seized 18 metre by 4 metre autoclave can indeed be used in the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) platforms.

“The autoclave can be used for the manufacture of the motor of very long range missiles, with range upwards of 1,500 kilometres or even in the construction of a motor for the launch of satellites. Pakistan has the Shaheen II missile in the 1,500-2,000 kilometre range and the platform was tested last May,” said one of the officials, who asked not to be named.

According to the officials, it is now up to India’s national security planners to invoke the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act 2005 as well as inform the UN under the WMD Convention to expose the nuclear proliferation nexus between Beijing and Islamabad. Under Indian law, any contravention of the above law attracts a punishment of not less than five years’ imprisonment which may be extended to imprisonment for life with an added fine. The autoclave was being imported by the Islamabad-based United Construction Company and Hong Kong-based General Technology had booked the consignment.

North Korea, initially, and then China have helped Pakistan in the development of nuclear missile delivery platforms by supplying M-11 and M-9 missiles. Islamabad’s nuclear missile programme is not indigenous and is based on Chinese design with Beijing helping Islamabad since the 1980s. It is for no other reason that China is blocking India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) till Pakistan is also allowed into the nuclear club.

Given the seizure of the autoclave, India’s friends such as France and the US can now pressure Beijing to allow India into the NSG, the officials said, adding that the country’s record in context of nuclear proliferation was spotless.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Surendra Barsode is a toiletteless street pooper. He thinks he knows foreign policy and back channel diplomatic processes but forgets that 75% of his people defecate outside Enjoy the tea ugly Indian

  2. The nexus of evil is being formed – between an irreligious Chines and the over religious Pakistanis !!! but why??

  3. Instead of Discussing about how the Chinese & pak got caught, Why the hell did the Chinese send a ship with nuclear cargo onboard to pak?? Chinese & Pak have a nuclear black market.. next what are the great world organizations & great policy makers going to do now?? All Useless sold out World puppets waiting for narrations from their handlers I presume..

  4. There are quite a few issues arising out of this incident. First, it was a sheer luck that the ship, which was allowed to move out of the Kandla Port, was stopped in the nick of time. It means either the Customs officials did not or could not identify the unlawful cargo or ignored it conveniently. Secondly, why did the ship dock at Kandla Port if it was carrying such a sensitive cargo and not go directly to Karachi? Thirdly, how does one detect unlawful cargo when ship goes directly from a Chinese port to Pakistani port? Can one stop such a ship passing through international or Indian territorial waters? If so, what is the mechanism of identifying such cargoes in all ships which moves around Indian Ocean? Overall, it looks a pretty silly strategy for Chinese and Pakis to arrange to have equipment loaded on a small ship with lots of mixed cargo. Hopefully, as the article suggests, this seizure can be beneficially used by India against China and Pakistan, with the help of Americans and French, and possibly Russians.

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