In an interview to Pakistan-based Geo news, Khawaja M Asif says his country won't hesitate in using nuclear weapons if its security is threatened.
Amidst growing tension over Uri attack by Pakistani terrorists on Sunday, a video of the country’s Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif threatening to use nuclear weapon against India is doing the rounds on social media. The video shows the Pakistani defence minister telling Geo News: “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.” Claiming that Pakistan is ahead of India in tactical capabilities, the Pakistani minister, however, said he doesn’t believe there is a possibility of war with India.
In the worst ever attack on Indian security personnel in several years, four terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad had attacked Indian army camp in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, killing 18 Indian soldiers and injuring over 20 of them. The terrorists were also killed in the over three-hour gunbattle.
Items recovered from the terrorists have been found to be carrying Pakistani marks, according to the Indian Army. Soon after the attack, India condemned Pakistan’s dastardly act.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.” In another tweet, he said, “Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such.”
— Muaaz Ahsan – Geo (@MuaazAhsanGeo) September 18, 2016
Pakistani defence minister, Asif, however, threatened that blaming Pakistan for Uri attack will prove expensive for Indians. “By blaming Pak for Uri &any attempt to escalate tension to deflect attention from state terrorism in Kashmir will prove expensive for Indians,” he tweeted.
There are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 18, 2016
By blaming Pak for Uri &any attempt to escalate tension to deflect attention frm state terrorism in Kashmir will prove expensive for Indians
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) September 18, 2016
According to reports, India is planning to make efforts get Pakistan declared as the global sponsor of terrorism.
The interview was aired a day before the terrorist attack in Uri, according to reports.