An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier patrols near the fenced border with Pakistan amid fog in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu, Jan 10, 2013. — Photo by Reuters

SRINAGAR: Officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir are warning residents to build bomb-proof basements, collect two weeks' worth of food and water and be prepared for a possible nuclear war.    

Local officials did not answer calls asking why they were suddenly concerned about a nuclear attack in the region, repeatedly fought over by nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. However, a series of deadly skirmishes along the cease-fire line in recent weeks has heightened tensions between the two countries.

The notice, published Monday by the Kashmir police in the Greater Kashmir newspaper, advised people to build toilet-equipped basements large enough to house the entire family for two weeks. If there is no basement, residents should construct bunkers in their front yards, the notice advised.

The shelters should be stocked with candles, battery-operated lights and radios and nonperishable food and water that is regularly replaced to ensure it is fresh, it said.

During an attack, it advises drivers to dive out of their cars toward the blast to save themselves from being crushed by their soon-to-be tumbling vehicles. It also warns residents to keep contaminated people out of their shelters.

“Expect some initial disorientation as the blast wave may blow down and carry away many prominent and familiar features,” it advises.

While authorities did not return phone calls for comment, Yoginder Kaul, inspector-general at the civil defense and state disaster response force, told the newspaper that it was a “normal exercise to raise general awareness among (the) public about disaster management.”

“It has nothing to do with anything, and it should not be connected with anything,” Kaul said.

Both India and Pakistan claim the divided Kashmir region in its entirety and have fought two wars over it.

Earlier this month, three Pakistani soldiers and two Indian soldiers were killed in the worst bout of fighting in Kashmir since a cease-fire accord was signed by the countries in 2003.

In light of the violence, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday he was reviewing future ties with Pakistan.

The nuclear war advisory and its timing surprised many residents in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

“This is fueling an atmosphere of fear. Educating people is fine but not this brazen way,” said Fayaz Ahmed, a local resident.

The lengthy notice also provided advice on how to survive attacks with chemical and biological weapons.

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Comments (102)

January 22, 2013 3:14 pm
Dear readers, this is called disaster management in the event, similar to fire in multy story building, how to escape?which route to be followed? in earth quike,sand strom,terrorist attack, and neuclier fall out etc.. when it is really happened, general public get panic. it is a good healthy system to give awarness to his citizen to avoid more casuality in the event. like japan, they have system in place followed with training for earth quick. Where a country of neighbour not having polisy of not first use, could be more cautious than one really responsable to mankind. it lead to a positive message and capability of country in responsable on mangement with right direction, unlike irresponsable
January 22, 2013 12:24 pm
Yes, exaggerated, advice given to built shelters to protect from flood or may be from Tsunami!!!. !!!!
January 22, 2013 12:52 pm
India has a habit of making a mountian out of a mole hill they think they are USA in Asia and their media wants to to scare Pakistan into submission by warmongering. Face it India and behave you have a Two Powerful neighbours with nuclear missiles pointing at you, SO DON'T BE FOOLS Make peace not war
Tahir Rauf
January 22, 2013 11:58 am
hehe, I don't think indian bombs are capable of doing anything :D
January 22, 2013 1:56 pm
Pakistanis even have the gall to compare and equate themselves with India. lol.
January 23, 2013 1:44 pm
Clearly, Indians are overreacting this time... this is ridiculous....
January 22, 2013 12:17 pm
Exaggerated by Pakistan ???? who is spreading the news ???? be sensible !!
January 22, 2013 1:28 pm
3 2 you are absolutely right. They are duds.
Ahmed bin Babar
January 22, 2013 4:01 pm
Both India and Pakistan should transform this Line of Control into the Line of Comfort by letting local people on both sides to trade and travel as the tribal people from Afghanistan and Pakistan do on both sides of the Durand Line. Those who look or aspire for peace do not issue threats. Pakistan wants an early solution of the Kashmir issue in line with the UN resolutions and after that we have nothing left to fight for instead we can build up our respective nationans by fighting the prevailing poverty and extremism. Ahmed bin Babar
January 22, 2013 4:01 pm
India is playing a trick here, so that Kashmirs start hating Pakistan and support India. I think so.
January 22, 2013 3:59 pm
if you really think that in event of India-Pak war, China will send its army to help pakistan then please stop dreaming. China always looks for money in each step, its not going to ditch billions of dollars of Indo-China trade and start war with India to support Pakistan. If that was the case it would have helped pakistan in 1971 and during kargil. What's wrong if India is preaching steps to be taken in case of nuclear war, who knows if next time there is a mumbai type attack on India - India will be left with very few options So keep you missiles (made by A Q Khan) pointed.
January 22, 2013 3:52 pm
plz not be silly there is nothing like!!
Amit Singh
January 23, 2013 6:30 am
Wah Wah, Maza aa gaya, what a joke....................
peace on earth
January 22, 2013 4:31 pm
You never win the other side by hatred. Work for peace.
January 22, 2013 4:38 pm
definetly we shld not waste bombs on pakistan , they r bombing themselves and also outsourcing it to US ( Drones)
hamid Shafiq
January 22, 2013 11:38 am
i do not know why these type of news spreaded for fight between two countries. try to defuese the situation not accelerate for fighting. i hope indian media should response with care.
January 22, 2013 3:49 pm
This advisory is appropriately timed but issued in the wrong place. Srinagar or any part of Kashmir will never be a target of Pakistani strategic weapons. But if the Indians want try out their own on Srinagar well ........... The real place to issue the advisory, if the Indian authorities want to educate and prepare their masses is New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad Pune and other major cities. Let them try this and see what is the public reaction. Scaring the Kahmiris is a kind of the mice play.
Ahmed bin Babar
January 22, 2013 4:04 pm
Both India and Pakistan should transform this Line of Control into the Line of Comfort by letting local people on both sides to trade and travel as the tribal people from Afghanistan and Pakistan do on both sides of the Durand Line. Those who look or aspire for peace do not issue threats. Pakistan wants an early solution of the Kashmir issue in line with the UN resolutions and after that we have nothing left to fight for instead we can build up our respective nations by fighting the prevailing poverty and extremism. Ahmed bin Babar
January 22, 2013 4:18 pm
Is this for real???
January 22, 2013 12:10 pm
and when someone call it traditional warmongaring by india, they would never accept it...
Iqbal khan
January 22, 2013 4:27 pm
Shantee guys we are not doing nuclear war here and calm down.
January 22, 2013 3:48 pm
I dont think nuclear warfare will ever happen.It will lead to total annihilation. Please stop spreading such news.Ind and Pak need not be friends . Lets just mind our own business.
January 22, 2013 3:30 pm
What are you talking. Try Mallika sherawat !!!
January 22, 2013 4:06 pm
One can afford to quarrel with its relatives,but not neighbours.Both India and Pakistan should should avoid such conflits.
Secular no more
January 22, 2013 4:07 pm
Is it so amusing ???...find me a single Indian news agency which has published it in INDIA.....
Secular no more
January 22, 2013 4:02 pm
Wiseman...did you really think a growing economy like CHINA with whom the growing economy of INDIA has more then 100 billion $ trade will ever point Missile at us and that too for the sake of underdeveloped PAKISTAN with whom they have a trade of what 5 Billion $ only/-...heee now count the number of Misslies....let the day come then count your friends and Enemy.
raja hindustani
January 22, 2013 4:08 pm
first is china. who is second powerful neighbour though...??? ;)
January 23, 2013 5:58 am
Please remember 1971, go to the history of karachi Attacks. You will find that what Indian soldiers can do in an OPEN WAR. India do not engage in CAT & MOUSE policy. When It is WAR, Pakistani leaders run to their GOD FATHERS in America. this time they will ran towards CHINA.
Sunil Sinha
January 22, 2013 11:34 am
Highly exaggerated by Pakistan.
Kuladeep Patil
January 22, 2013 2:48 pm
I believe, peace loving people in both countries would not want war...
Safi Ud Din Khan
January 22, 2013 1:48 pm
what could be more ridiculous then this
January 22, 2013 12:50 pm
God forbid there is a war. But if there is a nuclear confrontation then Kashmir would be the safest place. Nuking Kashmir would mean radioactive water supply for both India and Pakistan. In any case, if Pakistan wants Kashmir, why would it nuke it?
January 22, 2013 11:55 am
Both sides Sir. Let us remain fair.
Masood Mehdi
January 22, 2013 11:30 am
I dont belive this, all indians and pakistanis are in the favor of harmony and peace and few psycho generals do all the wrong deeds.
Syed rizvi
January 22, 2013 3:18 pm
Indians be assured pakistan will never nuke kashmir,therebare better yargets than kashmir
January 22, 2013 12:04 pm
will you please explain the "EXEGGERATION" in a simple statement which has been posted as given. It is a statement not the summary of the statement.
Asif Kahsmiri
January 22, 2013 12:01 pm
January 22, 2013 12:42 pm
This must be in response to Hafeez Sayeed's threat of violence ? Quite childish though.
A Shah
January 22, 2013 11:14 am
Well we in Pakistan are capable of anything and will our own to to assure India doesnt get an upper hand.
January 22, 2013 11:59 am
It's AP news, you idiot.
Swaran Singh
January 22, 2013 2:44 pm
India is a great nation like Pakistan. We have to just get rid of corruption on both sides. Good & bad journalists &politicians are on both sides. If pakistan can eliminate Hafiz Sayed kind of medieval views from their political psyche, relations between two countries can rapidly improve. We hope that both countries will make efforts to improve relations.That can bring great economic progress in both countries. I hope Pakistani's will elect Imran Khan & Pervez Musharraf in coming elections. The messiah of common man Mr> Hassan Nisarshould be made president of Pakistan. Swaran Singh
January 22, 2013 2:18 pm
War. no other way. Finish it once and for all.
January 22, 2013 2:37 pm
That sounds more like black mail.
January 22, 2013 12:43 pm
published by dawn however
January 22, 2013 4:42 pm
But so far is any of Pakistans action based on rational thinking
January 22, 2013 4:43 pm
January 22, 2013 5:00 pm
India = Paper Tigers. Their rhetoric is simply getting old now -- who knew losing to Pak in cricket would annoy them so much? Take a chill pill.
January 22, 2013 5:18 pm
- ready for a war is the best way to maintain peace. God bless Pakistan.
January 22, 2013 5:31 pm
I totally agree.
January 22, 2013 5:46 pm
Wiseman, despite your name, your are are devoid of any wisdom. India does not need to bring Pakistan in to submission, you corrupt society and equally corrupt rulers are doing a far better job than the India can ever dream of.
January 22, 2013 5:56 pm
It seems Indians had it now,ever sience Pakistan test the nuclear bomb they started thinking they are untouchable,that's why pakistan doing all kinds of mischieves at the boarder,mutilating soldiers,unprovoked firing etc.Indians anger is at high level,it's gonna be significant distruction both sides,but remember Indians always surprises at the end.May god bless both countries.
January 23, 2013 10:42 am
The Opposite is true rather. Hinduism has survived despite Iislamic nvaders for thousand of years.
Cyrus Howell
January 22, 2013 6:01 pm
Two weeks food and water will not save people in that event.
Sam T
January 22, 2013 6:05 pm
Mr.Wiseman: You are a foolman. Countries do drill exercises in peace time,just in case. USA and Soviet Union did the same. This is the same as military exercises to keep the army in shape. This is not to be taken as you stated. Do you really think there will be a nuclear war.God forbid if it happens, India might survive, but there will be no Pakistan. Think about it and stop believing Chinese. Chinese will suck you up as they are doing now.
January 22, 2013 6:05 pm
India is scared because Pakistan is a regional power and it frightened of having conflict wit it
January 22, 2013 6:09 pm
Let us defuse this before we turn this into a nuclear war. Mutual respect and appreciation = mutual survival.
Shahryar Shirazi
January 22, 2013 6:19 pm
Sunil, its not Pakistan. Its news "on-the-wire" .
January 22, 2013 6:25 pm
Bhookay nay bhookay ko mara...dono ghash khaa kar gir gaye!!! Madari ka tamasha hey dost...Enjoy karo!
January 22, 2013 6:29 pm
The 4th world war will be fought with sticks and stones.
January 22, 2013 6:29 pm
Highly exaggerated by India to scare people of Kashmir. This Inspector general does not understand the meaning of nuclear war. What a war mongering nation India is.
January 22, 2013 6:31 pm
The only way in which there can be nuclear attack in Kashmir is if Pakistan detonates one. India has very clear and stated 'no first use policy' of nuclear weapons. Anyway's, I feel that this news is quite exaggerated no matter who published it. As of our Pakistanis friends are concerned, they need to ask themselves that question. Over the last six decades, how many civilian governments have they had over which the military had no control of. Bottomline, you cannot have military leaders dictating foreign policy of your country and expect that peace would last forever. This is and will remaim the single biggest difference between Pakistan and India. The military has no influence towards running the government or influencing policy making. Else, we would have a different map of Asia today.
Ali S
January 22, 2013 6:43 pm
maybe, but no one in their right mind would want to take that chance anyway
January 22, 2013 10:16 pm
Lets face the facts. There will be no war. People on both ends want peace and prosperity. Plus India has more to lose if a battle breaks out. As far as the nuke issue is concerned it could be a warning that indian nukes might land inside India since their nuke program is still incapable to compete with pakistan.
Mandar (Mumbai)
January 22, 2013 8:00 pm
we don't want war... we want peace... you guys better deal with Pakistani Taliban First... they have killed more people than war would... and most importantly in case of nuclear war we have lot to lose...
The Pak
January 22, 2013 8:04 pm
Since Pakistan beat India in cricket India wants to take revenge to nuke Pakistan.
January 22, 2013 8:04 pm
Only damage of People of Kashmir Human right must stop those violence ........ !!
January 22, 2013 8:32 pm
Nice joke
January 22, 2013 8:33 pm
Relax my fellow countrymen! If you have followed India's missile test firings that they carried out over the Arabian sea in the last few years, the missile could not be tracked after a few miles. So maybe this time they are carrying out a live exercise and want to warn all their states one-by-one if this test also fails like some of the others!!!
January 22, 2013 8:51 pm
What officials? The 'warning' is so misleading. Purposely, I think. Americans, probably in the 1950s, were told to save themselves from a nuclear attack by building shelters. Children in schools were told to hide under their desks. I hardly think that is going to help, but, at the time, I think many Americans fell for it. India. I think all you accomplished with your 'warning' was making yourself look a bit silly. But you appear to know that, since you tried to walk it back by saying it was just 'a normal exercise to raise general awareness...' Well, we all do silly things from time to time.
January 23, 2013 7:53 am
pakistan is a regional power.... hahahahahah.. that cracked me half... best oneliners since morning... i give it to you my friend.
January 22, 2013 9:24 pm
I think it's coming.
January 23, 2013 7:49 am
Sunil Sinha
January 22, 2013 10:33 pm
India's nuclear is deterrent for China's military power, growth and ambition, claims, Arunachal Pradesh on and off, occupied Tibet illegally, claims Taiwan as part of China, threatens to wage a war if Taiwan declares independence, recent show of military strength against Japan for the two Islands. Pakistan knows it can never win a war with India conventionally, the only option is nuclear. If there is nuclear war between India and Pakistan, definitely Pakistan will be out of map and it will be history. Pakistan has to think twice before using nuclear against India, with responsibility, which I hope it understands.
January 22, 2013 10:39 pm
Someone obviously has a few nuclear bunkers to sell ?
January 23, 2013 7:24 am
"If there is nuclear war between India and Pakistan, definitely Pakistan will be out of map and it will be history." nice imagination. may i ask what you think will happen to India? if a nuclear war "does" break out, no one will be the winner.
January 22, 2013 11:22 pm
Hinduism divide people in different casts and there is great amount of exploitation and hatred between these casts, therefore hatred towards Pakistan and Muslims is something normal for them because of their religious believes. One should not expect normal behavior from their government as they are extremest by their religious believes and have bitterness is in their nature, additionally there society does not offer anything positive other than Bollywood, which is doing well not because of good quality but because of very large population who have no other source of entertainment.
January 22, 2013 11:27 pm
Now dont be silly, keep it conventional.
January 23, 2013 12:00 am
Dawn.... is somebody planting fake news in your releases? Open up any major Indian newspaper, nothing of this sort. Its all about Gadkari corruption, Chautala corruption, womens issues... etc
Sam Fisher
January 23, 2013 12:37 am
Actually, we have a Missile defense programme. So its YOUR missiles that are useless. :)
January 23, 2013 12:41 am
Cant Agree more .
January 23, 2013 9:03 am
i think u have no knowledge about our missile what their range and capable of.May be u r country people mislead u for not to afraid.We have a range of 3,500 which can take arm up to 5 tons and cover up to china.So think twice what u tell and we have also the weapon which destroy missile on air ok which technology that pakistan never think of himself.So study first what india capable of
January 23, 2013 1:04 am
This is classic: “It has nothing to do with anything, and it should not be connected with anything,” Kaul said. Thanks for the cogent explanation.
January 23, 2013 1:09 am
Alhamdullillah Pakistan is not such an irresponsible country to kill innocent humans at large and especially our own muslim brethren . so i think anti peace forces should not malign us and mislead the world.
January 23, 2013 1:37 am
Let the people on both sides speak and not the elitist governments. Indians and Pakistanis should take out a day of protest against their governments to drop the nuclear rhetoric. The elite and their families will flee abroad, while ordinary civilians and their children will suffer in the event of a nuclear war.
January 23, 2013 1:42 am
dont be silly...
January 23, 2013 7:38 am
you won 1 ODI more than india in the entire series and you think you have the capability to match them.. get real my friend.. it was unfortunate that it was 3 match ODI series... think Ajmal was up for some more treat from Yuvraj but god saved him from further humiliation.. so next time he and all you should bark right when you stood before them, not after you go back to your home..
January 23, 2013 7:25 am
Fear mongering at its finest
January 23, 2013 11:10 am
Good. So you accept Kashmir is an Indian state :D
January 23, 2013 12:32 pm
The great division among hindus help them accept people from diverse cultures. Hence Hindus have less hatred towards muslims or other religions because we are not a standardized religion
January 23, 2013 1:54 pm
"God save him.." So God is with us... btw. not a single match was won by india by more than 10 runs margin.. So next time when you jumps in to post a comment in DAWN.. be serious...
January 23, 2013 1:59 pm
Yes because nobody ate grass in India to get Nukes
January 23, 2013 2:00 pm
It is either he accept or not
January 23, 2013 2:06 pm
Google 16 dec 1971
January 23, 2013 2:12 pm
@manoranjan oh ok, now translate it in English pls
January 24, 2013 9:52 am
Its just an exercise conducted by NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) ... intended to prepare the citizens of any nuclear eventuality .... which is a very legitimate concern .... as we have two nuclear neighbours, one of them is Pakistan which is a failed state with an unstable political scenario, masses susceptible to extremists and jihadists and a rogue army........
January 23, 2013 4:26 pm
It is a case of media sensationalism. It is part of disaster preparation being done by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of India all over the country
January 23, 2013 5:17 pm
Likewise Is any of India's?
January 23, 2013 8:19 pm
Do you include Pakistan in the list of powerful neighbors?
anil gupta
January 24, 2013 2:16 am
Who cares who won, Just Indian board has benefitted, not you and not me. They earn and u are happy.
January 24, 2013 6:15 am
ahh the bitterness..
January 24, 2013 6:34 am
I support that whole heartedly from this side of the fence.
January 24, 2013 7:13 am
The most sensible comment among all this silliness...:-)
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