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UOL’s Dr. Rabia Akhtar launches Book on U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan
The Book titled ‘The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton’ authored by Dr. Rabia Akhtar, Head of Department, School of Integrated and Social Sciences and founding Director for the Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research (CSSPR), University of Lahore, was launched in Islamabad on Nov 5, 2018. The event was co-hosted by the University of Lahore and the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), Islamabad. The book has been published by the University of Lahore Press and reviewed by Amb. Ali Sarwar Naqvi, Executive Director CISS, Dr. Rifaat Hussain, NUST and Dr. David Holloway, Stanford University.
Gen (R) Ehsan ul Haq, former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, was the chief guest. In his remarks, Gen Ehsan stated that the book highlights the challenges that Pakistan had to overcome to address its security concerns. He said that the book addresses two important subjects; Pakistan’s nuclear journey and the Pak-US relationship during that time. He emphasized that Pakistan’s nuclear program was not prestige driven but a manifestation of the security challenges posed by India. He underscored that the country’s strategic community should talk on these issues to project Pakistan’s narrative. 
Amb. Ali Sarwar Naqvi speaking at the launch shared his first-hand experience of working on the issue being part of Pakistan’s mission at Washington at that time. He stated that the US policy towards Pakistan’s nuclear program was not a non-proliferation failure but an enforcement failure. He said during this time the US mantra was “roll back”, however Pakistan succeeded in turning this around to a gradual acceptance by the US establishment.
In his remarks, Dr. David Holloway observed that one of the prominent aspects of the book is that there were US policy priorities that took precedence over its non-proliferation policies. He added that the book is based on an extensive archival data from the US archives and there was limited or no access to the primary data from Pakistani side. He said that Dr. Rabia’s book is a serious and dispassionate work on the Pak-US relations with reference to the US nuclear non-proliferation policy. He stated that the book is a great contribution to the understanding of the global nuclear order in this regard.
While reviewing the work, Dr. Rifaat Hussain remarked that by shifting non-proliferation goals and preferring foreign policy over the non-proliferation, US had created dilemmas that resulted in the ultimate failure of its nonproliferation policy. The US practiced double standards on nonproliferation by punishing Pakistan in South Asia, when India was being rewarded by the US in several similar instances. Resultantly, he said, that the US policy designed to stop Pakistan going nuclear, ended up at achieving just the opposite. 
The author, Dr. Rabia Akhtar, stressed on the importance of declassified documents from the Pakistani side to provide the complete story of Pakistan's grit and determination throughout its nuclear journey. 
The function was widely attended by dignitaries, foreign diplomats, members of the policy community, academia, and young scholars.

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