Nuclear Weapons: A Curse or Blessing?
I am writing to bring your kind attention to the issue of nuclear proliferation. With India and Pakistan two of the most hostile nuclear-armed states, we live in one of the most volatile nuclear neighbourhoods in the world and it is shocking how little this is talked about. The objective is to create an intellectual milieu which motivates public opinion and allows our government to consider its participation in the global efforts to eliminate all nuclear weapons. Since President Obama had made the first ever visit as a sitting US president to Hiroshima at the end of May, the movement calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons has gained significant ground. It is no doubt a historic moment and it’s about time we bring this debate into public consciousness and provide it legitimacy. Both the US and Russia still keep their arsenals poised on high alert, which means entire cities can be destroyed within moments at the push of a mere button. The only way to prevent another nuclear disaster is to eliminate all nuclear weapons from the world. Global Zero is an international movement to eliminate all nuclear weapons, and as a young activist with Global Zero, I am working hard to convince my community to realize that we are living under the shadow of a nuclear war. The time is now to build consensus on “Global Zero” as the only option for the survival of humanity, and illustrate clearly the kind of security threat nuclear weapons pose. We should unite in the moral shift against nuclear arsenals by joining the call for the US and Russia to stand down their weapons from high alert and in the long run eliminating all nukes to ensure another Hiroshima never happens again.
Written by: Syed Faraz Liaquat
Peace Activist Regional Ambassador Karachi Global Zero