THIS is apropos of Tehran’s nuclear project. Iran should understand that having nuclear power does not mean having power security too: Pakistan has been a nuclear power for more than a decade but so far it cannot manage to produce even five per cent of its power through nuclear technology — more than 90 per cent comes from oil and hydropower.

These days all countries, be it a nuclear one or not, are endeavouring to research and utilise clean and eco-friendly alternatives to oil, hydroelectricity and the coveted nuclear power.

When even Pakistan, a nuclear power, is looking for refuge under wind and solar energy, Iran must seriously break free of the mirage of nuclear technology.

Exploiting nuclear power for electricity generation is a tedious and expensive project as is enriching the uranium; Iran must, thus, not waste its time and money over a ‘white elephant’ that is deemed a global security threat too.

The big picture of nuclear power portrays pessimism, albeit narrow view may mislead the viewer. This time, moreover, the danger of another Iraq-like terrible war is imminent -- an unbearable loss.

People all over the world do not desire an Iraq-like war once more in the world. Today the world is a global village, with no country isolated and hence if one suffers, so will the others.

In simple words, Iran has plenty of oil, which is even serving the whole world; it had better simply keep using it and abandon Tehran’s nuclear mission.

After all Mr Ahmedinejad is a well-educated person and he should instead focus on other concerns facing his country like severe corruption. I do expect that the president of Iran, with a doctorate in civil engineering, will give up the nuclear project and prove that he did not intend to use it for defence purposes.

SAANWAL KARAMAT BARLAAS Bagh, Azad Kashmir

Updated Jun 02, 2012 10:42pm

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Comments (9) (Closed)


Salman Ahmad
Jun 03, 2012 02:52pm
Countries that already have the nuclear weapons and especially the country - the only country - that has used the nuclear weapons to annihilate scores of innocent civilian population have no right to judge other sovereign nations. Iran does not have a violent past. It sounds as if only the imperialist powers of the past have the inherent right to weapons of mass destruction. They claim it is a deterrent. Non sense. Why can't it be a deterrent for Iran? Obviously because unlike other Muslim countries, Iran is not a puppet at the command of the masters.
Sebo
Jun 04, 2012 09:38am
You do not know what you are talking about. Iran already has industries. At the least they can completely build their own power plants from wind to natural gas to solar. We can not yet make internal combustion engines. They make locomotive engines. So stop comparing Iran with Pakistan. They moved on to a different league eons ago.
ajay
Jun 04, 2012 02:20pm
necular weapons play havoc.
Z. Chaudary
Jun 04, 2012 02:36pm
Dear All, I am afraid that Iran will not suffer alone since Pakistan is being very enthusiastic about getting gas and electricity from Iran, so both will suffer. I plead the Iranians to not let any nuclear advancement be carried out. To boot, nuclear electricity is a dirty one - even Japan is suffering because of the destruction of its nuclear plant owing to a natural disaster that hit it. So who could better manage a nuclear plant? Already, prophesies claim that many regions of middle east would be hit by the imminent Tsunami. I would not like a nuclear plant spread its evils due to such a disaster. take care, Zubeda Chaudary
Aziz
Jun 03, 2012 07:58am
Should not the people of Iran decide what Ahmedinejad does or does not do. Why don't we worry about our own problems. Iran is a very old civilisation and I do not think we Pakistanis or ' Azad Kashmiris' are in a position to tell them how to run their lives.
Deb
Jun 03, 2012 08:23am
A very well analyzed position. Iran is in a hundred times worse position than Pakistan. This nuclear adventure is costing Iran dearly and will cost them even more dearly if they do not give it up.
Deb
Jun 03, 2012 08:24am
But we can still voice our opinions! That's what tolerance and democracy is all about.
Sebo
Jun 03, 2012 10:27am
The author has not done much research before writing this. Our situation is very much different from Iran's. Currently Iran has over 65,000 MW of electricity generation capacity while their maximum consumption never exceeds more than 50,000 MW. Most of electricity in Iran is being produced by natural gas and hydro while nuclear only provides for 2% of their demand. And Iran is pushing for nuclear program only as part of its long term goals not for immediate energy security concerns. The cheapest forms of electricity are natural gas, hydro, coal and nuclear in that order. Iran does not have any energy shortages right now and is adding more than 5,000 MW of capacity each year to its grid eyeing the export market of electricity. Additionally Iran has a bit different nuclear program than Pakistan's. They are already working to design their own power reactors something we have not yet even started. In short Iran is thinking far into future, while we are thinking just for now since our problems are more acute in nature.
Deb
Jun 04, 2012 12:42am
Iran will have no industry left if it does not give up its nuclear program. A country can get what it wants if it is economically strong. No one is going to look at Iran and let it have nuclear weapons out of pity. And Iran does not really have any might to get it. It will have to face this fact or else Iranians will literally HAVE to EAT GRASS for he next few centuries.