Pakistan defence minister threatens nuclear attack on India again, says ‘our tactical weapons are not just showpieces’

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New Delhi | Published: September 29, 2016 11:10:18 AM

It seems Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif doesn't want to loose any opportunity to flaunt his country's nuclear arsenal to threaten India

Khawaja M Asif, Pakistan nuclear threat to India, Nuclear threat to India, Uri attack, uri terror attack, pakistani defence minister, Pak defence minister, Khawaja M Asif, Pak nuclear weaponsPakistan Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif has once again threatened India of a nuclear attack.

It seems Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif doesn’t want to loose any opportunity to flaunt his country’s nuclear arsenal to threaten India. Once again he has said that Pakistan is open to using tactical devices — a reference to nuclear devices supposed to be possessed by Pakistan — against India if it feels its security is under threat.

In an interview to Pakistani channel SAMAA, Asif said “Tactical weapons joh hain, joh hamne yeh progammes develop kiya hua hai, yeh apne hifazat ke liye develop kiya hua hai. Hamne devices jo hain just as showpieces toh nahin rakhe hue. Lekin agar hamare salamati ko khatra hua, toh hum nestanabhut kar denge unko (Tactical weapons, the programmes we have developed, we have developed them for our safety. We have not kept them just as showpieces).”

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The interview was telecast on September 26. On September 17, a before the Uri attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were martyred by Pakistan terrorists, Asif had made similar statements in an interview to Geo TV. Asif had told Geo TV, “If Pakistan’s security is threatened, we will not hesitate in using tactical (nuclear) weapons.” When the interviewer pointedly asked if he is suggesting the use of nuclear weapons, Asif said, “If our country is under threat, then what is to be afraid of.” He had also claimed that Pakistan is ahead of India in tactical capabilities.

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