‘We have N-weapons to ward off India’s war threat’
Washington: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said that Pakistan has made low-yield nuclear weapons to bridge the gap for war that India had created through its cold-start doctrine.
This is the first concrete explanation from a senior Pakistani official on how Islamabad plans to deal with New Delhi’s so-called cold-start doctrine, now renamed the proactive strategy.
It is also a rare confession of Pakistan’s decision to make tactical nuclear weapons to deal with the possible threat of an Indian aggression.
Chaudhry added that Pakistan would not sign any nuclear deal with the U.S during Sharif’s visit.
Sharif arrives in Washington on Wednesday for a meeting with U.S President Barack Obama, scheduled for October 22.
“Our nuclear programme is one dimensional: stopping Indian aggression before it happens. It is not for starting a war. It is for deterrence,” the country’s Foreign Secretary said.
Chaudhry said that under this strategy India had already moved its cantonments close to the Pakistani border. This allowed India also to move its conventional weapons close to Pakistan along with other vehicles and fuel supplies.
By drastically reducing the time required to launch an aggression against Pakistan, India had “created a space for war,” Chaudhry said.
He explained that Pakistan’s “low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons” would make it difficult for India to launch a war against Pakistan while remaining under the nuclear threshold.
In reply to a question about Pakistan joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the foreign secretary said the U.S policy of getting India included in this group was “discriminatory.”
“We encourage the U.S to have a non-discriminatory approach, a balanced approach,” he said.
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