Attack on PAC a Nuke Attempt by Taliban? Unlikely
The attack at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, which was carried out by a bomber riding a bicycle, was one of three blasts that killed at least 23 people and injured at least 28 across the country Friday, police said. It occurred as the Pakistani army completed the first week of an offensive to flush Taliban forces from the tribal region of South Waziristan, where officials say the recent wave of attacks has been planned.
There’s been some speculation that the PAC is connected with Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, because it houses planes that could be used to deliver nukes.
But so what? A lone guy on a bike—even with a suicide vest—isn’t really much of a threat to a well-protected military base with possibly tangential nuclear assets. I know in my radio spots yesterday the idea that this was an assault on Pakistan’s crown jewels was sexy, but tactically it’s insignificant.
Even if the PAC at Kamra is connected with the Pak nuclear program, it’s most likely this was but one of the many Taliban attacks aimed at demoralizing the armed forces and terrorizing the citizenry. Any nuclear connection was probably coincidental.