India's sea based nuclear weaponry initiative, Pakistan vows to respond: Sources

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India's sea based nuclear weaponry initiative, Pakistan vows to respond: Sources

WASHINGTON - Pakistan has vowed to respond to the strategic shift by India in the sea based nuclear weapons capabilities.

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has vowed to take measures to deter India.

He said that India’s sea based nuclear weaponry initiative has compelled Islamabad to take measures for deterrence in order to keep strategic stability paradigm stabilised.

“Our Eastern neighbour has introduced sea-based nuclear weapons which was a major deviation, and a major nuclear change, between our two countries.

So we think once you disturbed this strategic stability paradigm then there is an increased risk of war or conflict,” he said, adding that in order to address the threat Pakistan opted for the minimum deterrence required to plug this gap.

Talking to media at the embassy in Washington on Monday afternoon, Admiral Abbasi said Pakistan was facing security issues, especially threats from its Eastern neighbour, for which it has an elaborate programme in place. The program provides all the tools, procedures and settings under the Central Command which runs through Strategic Plans Division.

“Sea-based nuclear weapons provide assured second strike capability which disturbs the equation, so unless we equate that the imbalance might induce India to start a conventional war,” he added.