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Short-range nuclear weapons to counter India's 'cold start doctrine': Pakistan PMAbbasi was also assertive of Pakistan''s nuclear arsenals being safe and secure. —Reuters

Short-range nuclear weapons to counter India's 'cold start doctrine': Pakistan PM

21 Sep 2017 | 10:49 AM

NEW YORK: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Thursday his country has developed short-range nuclear weapons to counter the 'cold start doctrine' adopted by the Indian Army.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Thursday his country has developed short-range nuclear weapons to counter the 'cold start doctrine' adopted by the Indian Army.

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Abbasi was also assertive of Pakistan's nuclear arsenals being safe and secure.

"We have a very robust and secure command-and-control system over our strategic nuclear assets. Time has proved that it's a process that is very secure. It's a process that has complete civilian oversight through the NCA," Abbasi said in response to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.

The Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) of Pakistan is the authority responsible for command, control and operational decisions regarding the country's nuclear arsenals.

"As far as tactical nuclear weapons (are concerned), we do not have any fielded tactical nuclear weapons. We have developed short-range nuclear weapons as a counter to the Cold Start doctrine that India has developed. Again, those are in the same command-and-control authority that controls the other strategic weapons," he said.

Moderator David Sanger said Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world.

"There's no nuclear arsenal in the world that is growing faster. And there's no nuclear arsenal in the world, other than North Korea's, that tends to worry American more, because they worry about the safety of the arsenal. They worry about the command and control of the arsenal," Sanger said.

Abbasi said that the command-and-control systems they have in place are as secure as anybody else's in the world.

"The last 20 years are testament to that," Abbasi said in response to another question.

"So let there be no doubt that any extremist element or somebody like that can gain control of fissile material or a nuclear weapon. There is just no possibility of that. And it's time-tested, and it's a very secure system that has been put in place," he said.

"Pakistan is a responsible global citizen, and we've shown a responsibility on the ground with this huge war on terror that we've been fighting for the last 15 years," Abbasi said.

The Pakistan premier sought to dispel the notion surrounding the country's alleged inability to handle its nuclear programmes properly.

"We do have nuclear capability. There's no doubt about that. And we know how to handle nuclear waste. We had a nuclear program in the early '60s, one of the first countries in Asia to have a nuclear program. So if we've managed it for over 50-odd years, I think we can continue to manage it," he said. PTI

 

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21 Sep 2017 | 10:45 AM

NEW YORK: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government said divisive politics is being practised in India.

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21 Sep 2017 | 9:31 AM

PANIPAT: An unidentified man molested and tried to rape a nine-year-old girl student in the toilet of The Millennium School at Ansal City here on Wednesday.

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21 Sep 2017 | 11:43 AM

SEOUL: South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million worth of aid to North Korea, as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious.

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JAMMU: Two people were injured as the Pakistan Army on Thursday resorted to unprovoked firing with small arms and mortars around midnight in Arnia area of J&K’s RS Pura sector.

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21 Sep 2017 | 2:02 AM

CHANDIGARH:“I have a huge collection of antiques,” the PCS officer has accepted before the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).

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Kejriwal, Kamal Haasan to ‘discuss politics’ in meeting today

21 Sep 2017 | 10:58 AM

NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal will meet Kamal Haasan in Chennai on Thursday and they will have "political discussions", an AAP member said, amid indications that the actor may join politics.

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21 Sep 2017 | 11:01 AM

BENGALURU: Income Tax (IT) officials on Thursday conducted raids on former Karnataka Chief Minister S.M. Krishna's son-in-law, VG Siddhartha's, firms here for tax evasion, a senior official said.

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NEW DELHI:Only advocates-on-record can now mention petitions for urgent hearing in the Supreme Court as Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Wednesday put an end to the practice of senior advocates queuing up for it.

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21 Sep 2017 | 2:10 AM

CHANDIGARH:With an eye on the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha byelection slated next month, the Punjab Cabinet today gave its approval to notify the crop loan waiver scheme for small and marginal farmers.

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21 Sep 2017 | 10:59 AM

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