NEW YORK - Pakistan has developed short-range nuclear weapons as a counter to the ‘Cold Start’ military doctrine adopted by Indian armed forces, claimed Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Addressing an event organised by the Council on Foreign Relations, PM Abbasi, who is currently in New York for the UN General Assembly, said, “We [Pakistan] have a very robust and very secure command-and-control system over our strategic nuclear assets, and I think time has proved that it’s a process that is very secure.
“As far as tactical nuclear weapons, 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,” he added. Premier Abbasi is scheduled to address the UNGA today.
For a layman, the Cold Start doctrine aims to deny Pakistan justification to resort to its nuclear first-use option by inflicting rapid, fatal and limited attacks. Indian strategists themselves explained in various papers that the plan would be initiated by eight “battle divisions”, comprising 30,000 to 50,000 troops, including independent armoured and mechanised brigades. The air force and naval aviation would accompany the land forces in the single or multiples strikes in a limited area till the objectives are achieved “within hours”.