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‘Pakistan has built low-yield nuclear weapons to counter Indian aggression’

Updated Oct 20, 2015 08:19am


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WASHINGTON: Pakistan has made low-yield nuclear weapons in response to India’s actions under its cold-start doctrine, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhary told a news briefing here on Tuesday.

This is the first concrete explanation from a senior Pakistani official on how Islamabad plans to deal with India’s so called cold-start doctrine, now re-named the pro-active strategy.

It is also a rare explanation of Pakistan’s decision to make tactical nuclear weapons to deal with the possible threat of Indian aggression.

Briefing the Pakistani media on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington, Chaudhary also said that Pakistan would not sign any nuclear deal with the United States during the visit.

National interest a priority: PM

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday reaffirmed that Pakistan’s national interests will be prioritised during his upcoming visit to the United States (US).

The premier was speaking to media personnel in London, en route the US.

“We will protect the national interests of Pakistan during my meetings with US leadership,” said the prime minister.

While responding to a question on recent reports in US media regarding Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, and plans to limit it, the premier said: “We should not forget who the prime minister was in 1999 when we became a nuclear power.”

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also stated that concrete evidence regarding India’s sponsoring of terrorism has been forwarded to relevant people and organisations, and expressed hope that Pakistan’s concerns would be addressed.

The premier added that the incumbent government would end the power crisis facing the country before the next general elections.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also expressed his disappointment at the attitude shown by the opposing Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and their repeated claims of rigging following the by-elections recently held in Punjab.

The premier will arrive in the US on Tuesday and will likely be asked to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, days after Washington said it was delaying its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

US President Barack Obama last week reversed a pledge to pull troops out as he admitted Afghan forces were not ready to stand alone against the resurgent Taliban, who briefly captured a key northern city this month.

The US sees Pakistan as one of the few sources of influence over the extremists, and analysts say Washington will use the four-day trip to urge Sharif to keep pushing for a new round of talks.

Yesterday, the Foreign Office had clarified that no “deal” is being discussed between Pakistan and the United States.

According to earlier media reports, US has been weighing options to sign a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan.

A report in The Washington Post had claimed that the US is exploring an option that could pave the way for a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan like the one concluded with India in 2005.


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Harmony-1 Oct 19, 2015 08:08pm

Are you sure? Not business interests anymore???

L. H.Zaidi Oct 19, 2015 08:17pm

30 minutes overall with Obama, 15 days out of the country, two PIA aircrafts reservedly on service to one main and his cronies. Give me an example of any country, even a banana republic, who PM is so often, so long stays away from his country.

Lucky Star Oct 19, 2015 08:19pm

Do not buckle before Americans' empty promises about Kashmir like Ayub Khan and Musharraf for fear of being Isolation. World is not Just Briton and America. Negotiate like a Share otherwise change party sign form Share to Jackal. This is life time opportunity to solve Kashmir issue and do not waste like Ayoub Khan wasted that opportunity in 1962.

Muhammed Ali Oct 19, 2015 08:19pm

Pakistan should ALWAYS come 1st, the rest will just have to wait in line.

Sr Oct 19, 2015 08:27pm

It is not as simple as dealing with Arabs who can be satisfied with providing license for hunting houbara bustards

Z Oct 19, 2015 08:27pm

... and who's interest has he been looking after so far?

Secular means........................ Oct 19, 2015 08:30pm

he says he will care for "national interest"that's excellent.This time NS & President Obama will have an important agenda,Afghanistan,India,and the ME crisis,besides Mr Putin in Syria needs to be on agenda,etc etc.

Shahid Oct 19, 2015 08:36pm

Main Sb, actions speak louder than words, who developed the nukes also know how to protect them but policitical forces yet to deliver tangible for the nation. People of Pakistan need educated and healthy Pakistan. World can only talk to people who by their sole character show they are true Pakistanis

Pakistan Oct 19, 2015 08:43pm

We have been through this before and know what it means when you speak about "national interest".

AADABARZ Oct 19, 2015 08:45pm

First priority should be peace and trade in the region,rest will come automatically.

Prateek Oct 19, 2015 08:53pm

But Obama will have USA interest prioritized.

mk Oct 19, 2015 08:56pm

You do know National Interests means NOT wasting taxpayers money on multiple official visits. Money doesn't grow on trees, Pakistan needs to avoid such extravagant expenses.

Cyrus Oct 19, 2015 08:56pm

Bringing the Taliban to the table? A lot of good that will do. The will take whatever advantage they want and forget the rest.

Rao Oct 19, 2015 08:57pm

@L. H.Zaidi Kindly learn Foreign Policy and then talk. Our foreign policy is pretty good now a days. Also your information regarding to the dedicated aircraft is incorrect. Kindly do not spread misinformation. The world leaders do not talk on Skype and hyper childish critics of Pakistan must understand that.

I. Khan Oct 19, 2015 09:01pm

Really ??

Cyrus Oct 19, 2015 09:10pm

@Sr ... Is that an issue?

A. Ali Oct 19, 2015 09:12pm

yeah we know you are full of national "interest". no matter how as long as this "interest" keeps accumulating you will do every bit to remain as PM.

wellwisher Oct 19, 2015 09:15pm

why is he going to US.What he will give and what he expects to get

ali Oct 19, 2015 09:22pm

Was it necessary to play politics and mention PTI. Talk about foreign policy and please don't read from the notes when answering Obama's question. All the best.

citizen Oct 19, 2015 09:33pm

Was under impression that he is going to US only on national interest.. if he says a priority activity means he got lots of other normal activities.. God save the country !!!

Progressing Oct 19, 2015 10:05pm

It has to be national interest and not personal,they are not going to Saudi Arabia or England

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Oct 19, 2015 10:24pm

Please don't refer to President Obama as President Clinton. The way our honorable PM Mian Nawaz Sharif was reading stuff off the cards on his last visit to US was quite embarrassing for the nation. In Pakistan where there is a huge pool of intellectuals. We have Mian Nawaz Sharif representing us at an international level. May God have mercy on Pakistan

Harmony-1 Oct 19, 2015 10:32pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan - This time I agree with you!

Khan Gee Oct 19, 2015 10:33pm

I am PTI support but outside Pakistan he is representing all the Pakistani .

We are all behind our PM in this tour. Pakistan Zindabad

PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) Oct 19, 2015 10:49pm

Mr. PM.please wake up..people in your country are dying and you are just providing lip service. Please do something serious to stop this madness of killing innocents people. my heart is crying with pain and grief.

Ajaz Oct 19, 2015 11:02pm

Pakistan doesn't need any assistance from USA to build new nuclear plant, we are managing it fine without their help and developing our own plants with the help of China and a dependable and stable ally, so we don't need to bow to American pressure and compromise our security needs, USA will be the first nation to turn their back on us if India attacks Pakistan.

MJK Oct 19, 2015 11:11pm

PM Sharif, I seriously doubt you can express yourself forcefully. Your last appearnce in joint press conference with president Obama , your performance was pitifull.

imtiaz faruqui Oct 19, 2015 11:31pm

US has already informed NS what is on the agenda ,that they should not develop missiles that go beyond India.

zafar Iqbal Oct 20, 2015 12:31am

There will be no negotiations in this meeting. Obama will be issuing orders to Mr. Sharif to stop development of long range missiles and further production of nuclear weapons. There is no civil nuclear pact of any kind. This is just wishful thinking. This meeting is on indian demand. Mr. Sharif will emerge as an hero if he manages to stand up to Obama who is looking for another feather in his cap at the expense of Pakistan before he leaves the white house!!!

Jaleel Oct 20, 2015 12:34am

Thank God national interests are priority this time.

Sleepless in Sahiwal Oct 20, 2015 01:17am

@L. H.Zaidi Give me a break.. He is not there on a vacation..

Manoj Oct 20, 2015 01:18am

Wish you all the best........

Moeed Yusuf Oct 20, 2015 01:20am

Indian aggression will be there only if there is attack on India now consider this if India make those small tactical nuclear devices and use them everytime there is an attack on India what will happen! Playing with fire can burn everything, these are nuclear devices not TNT explosives, handle with care.

Khan- Pakistani Oct 20, 2015 01:22am

Why do we need to reveal our strategy and goals to rest of the world ? We have seen no explanation from India .

Syed Chishti Oct 20, 2015 01:22am

My message to Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his members of the delegation this is your last chance to discuss hard and harsh realities of what Pakistan has done, and now needs full unhindered support from United States of America.

In any case you stand tall with your your head high otherwise you will be in line of fire for being rolled out of power in any case. Stand firm and tall and give the basic facts what Pakistani nation has done for US and its being their for US must mean a lot for US and its Alliance countries. That must mean a great deal more then what US wants from Pakistan, no buckling to any demands that will compromise sovereignty of Pakistan.

You will be out of power and out of mind and sight in any case if you showed any weakness.

Mr. Imran Khan is just a diversion, focus on national interest and get the best out of this diplomatic mission/meeting with President Obama and his team of advisors.

It's your last chance or else it's your Waterloo? Good luck Mr. PM.

Nilesh Oct 20, 2015 01:27am

Both Taliban should be brought to table, afghan and ttp ttooo.

NY Oct 20, 2015 01:40am

I thought nuclear weapon is the last option in any type of war

DEOBAND Oct 20, 2015 01:42am

@L. H.Zaidi We have one in India.

zahid Oct 20, 2015 01:50am

All the best wishes Mr. Prime Minister

zahid Oct 20, 2015 01:51am

the people of pakistan, azad kashmir and gilgit baltistan are hoping for the best

AXH Oct 20, 2015 02:18am

National interests are in focus this time because the COAS Raheel Sharif is watching.

Anjum Oct 20, 2015 02:21am

Look how Benjamin Natenyahu talks to Obama or Bush in meetings. See his body language and eye contact. That gives goose bumps to American presidents. Such a small country but look at his courage and power. They know how to deal with Americans. Lot to learn from their experiences.

Raja Ragu Raman Oct 20, 2015 02:23am

You talk about how to use an atom bomb against India and expect USA to agree for a nuclear deal... If something good should happen to Pakistan, please stop talking about using atom bombs.

AAB Oct 20, 2015 02:37am

wasting resources which would do no good..

kamran Oct 20, 2015 02:51am

i am not a supporter of PML N. but when our PM leaves on a foreign visit, we support and stand by his decisions. long live pakistan !

reasin Oct 20, 2015 02:59am

@Lucky Star -- You have been hallucinating too much. Calm down and stop dreaming. There will be less disappointments.

Taimoor Khan Oct 20, 2015 03:00am

Watch this:

This is the recent development. America is deploying its latest tactical nukes in Europe. And they got audacity to tell Pakistan to refrain from the same.

wise Oct 20, 2015 03:04am

When people are so hungry for revenge and destruction what a better way to eradicate poverty than to initiate a low yielding nuclear war and kill a million.

Ahmed Oct 20, 2015 03:17am

My love for Pakistan is more than my hatred for Nawaz Sharif so I wish luck to prime minister of Pakistan!

Changez_Khan Oct 20, 2015 03:33am

Nawaz Sharif is the Best PM of Pakistan who can run the country much better than some of other politicians we have.

Irfan umrani Oct 20, 2015 03:36am

Good knowledge

Ikram Oct 20, 2015 04:16am

Pakistan is geopolitically a very important country. We have cleaned up Washingtons mess quite a few times and have even made it into a bigger mess on some occasions. It's time we stand up and show some self respect, have the Amwrican presidents come to us

Malik Oct 20, 2015 04:16am

A low yield bomb can only kill few people?

JUSTICE Oct 20, 2015 04:17am

Keep up the good work Pakistan, India will never dare to attack Pakistan.

saad Oct 20, 2015 04:26am

what is the need to releasing this information to the world?

Ace Oct 20, 2015 04:35am

why talk about nuke? even a low grade nuke bring a full blown nuke retaliation. It's crazy to talk about nuke.

Oshkosh, London Oct 20, 2015 04:52am

You can say anything you want in press conferences for local consumption, but if you don't say the right things at Washington, they can pull the rug out from under you.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 20, 2015 04:54am

Good, mature, educated and well-calculated statement.

PK Oct 20, 2015 05:10am

Based on the history of last 60 years India is neither interested in taking one inch of Pakistan nor invading Pakistan. Keep building such weapons and keep spending in defense. See what happen to Russia during cold war era. Hope these weapons do not go into wrong hand.

ayub Oct 20, 2015 05:47am

In the present circumstances, no country can come for help if any manoeuvring is made against Pakistan. Pakistan has to rely and depend on its own. Hot pursuit of its nuclear upgradation is inevitably linked to Pakistan's very existence in this highly volatile environment.

Lucky Star Oct 20, 2015 05:49am

@L. H.Zaidi Modi, Inian Prime Minister.

PK Oct 20, 2015 06:07am

Nuclear arm race within subcontinent. Hope these weapons do not go into wrong hand. Good luck Pakistan and India. Sad state of affairs.

Ali Hammad Oct 20, 2015 06:07am

American bribes and empty promises are not in our national interest, tactical nuclear weapons will save us one day not america.

PK Oct 20, 2015 06:12am


Well commented. Agree totally with you. Waste of money on defense . Use it for development.

PK Oct 20, 2015 06:14am

Surprise why foreign sec. and not Foreign minister or PM.

raj Oct 20, 2015 06:20am

So what Indian doctrine doesn't differentiate between low yield or high yield.A nuke is a nuke and will lead to full fledged retaliation

Najma Hisham Oct 20, 2015 06:31am

radiation is still radiation yaar. look what happened at the gulf war. remember the gulf war syndrome.

brr Oct 20, 2015 06:55am

These "low yield" bombs are like a bully throwing a small stone at a passerby hoping that the passerby does not swat him flat.

Imran Oct 20, 2015 07:02am

This guy is looting Pakistan

TANDi Oct 20, 2015 07:34am

There is remarkable improvement in nuclear technology in Pakistan. Congratulations to all who are involved in its growth and also to those who feel proud of its achievement. Even after this, lot of scope are still there like micro nukes, nano nukes etc. Ultimate goal should be to develop a bi-molecule nuke involving only two molecules of uranium or plutonium with laser delivery system, to kill only one person you desire. If you succeed in it, even US will run after you to take the technology.

PK Oct 20, 2015 07:54am

I am curious.. this news hasn't been reported in Indian News online media yet.

Prakash G Oct 20, 2015 08:02am

Someone should tell him that India only has a no 'First' use policy.

md good human Oct 20, 2015 08:09am

@JUSTICE India was never interested it's who forcibly mount war on us

Manmohan Oct 20, 2015 08:16am

India Pakistan is going on tug of war at the moment. Let politician to enjoy. Once they will tired they will cool down.

A. Ali Oct 20, 2015 08:26am

was this statement required just before PM's visit to USA ? though the visit will garner no goods for us, but again, as a purist/ Pak lover I am amazed to see such an irresponsible statement from Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhary who does not knew that USA as per their think tank is seeking some curbs on Pakistan's nuclear arsenals and this statement may take a chunk out of this USA visit, which is already marred by different versions of open Foreign Minister policy .... as no one seems to hold the fort for this very very important position, though COAS have named one Janjua on this post which apparently looks viable and sober choice. Interim, this statement by Chaudhary saab seems out of proportion and timing looks too bad and quibble.

Amir Khan Oct 20, 2015 08:29am

@Raja Ragu Raman

Nobody said they were going to use these weapons. They are meant as a deterrence against any misadventure. Pakistan reserves the right to defend itself against aggression by all means and tools at its disposal. Remember its the balance of power that holds the peace. In addition just introspect at what is happening in India nowadays. Not very encouraging and heartening news is it. In the scenario it is imperative that Pakistan secures itself against any eventualities by adopting pro-active doctrine of its own. In an uneasy, hostile and unstable neighbourhood the only thing that can guarantee peace is a strong and credible defence capability.

A Z I Oct 20, 2015 08:50am

@Raja Ragu Raman - Tell India to stop talking about cold start and proactive action like threat. The retaliation in such a case could be extremely severe and damaging.

auginpk Oct 20, 2015 09:00am



You are right.

CASUALGUY Oct 20, 2015 11:39am

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad - Ha ha, Really mature! Next statement would be - now we will take care US too. Using the tactical weapons! Sounds very logical to me.

rabia Oct 20, 2015 11:48am

Pakistan reluctantly entered the nuclear fray due to repeated Indian provocations. Likewise, its decision to develop short-range-low yield (SRLY) nuclear weapons is not an initiative, rather a measured reaction to the Indian adoption of a dangerous nuclear doctrine to fight a limited war under Pakistan’s nuclear threshold.

Kamal Oct 20, 2015 03:04pm

If you attack India, India will retaliate. Otherwise India is more peaceful then Pakistan.

Muhammad Ayub khan Oct 20, 2015 04:15pm

The Prime Minster will have to play its wining cards tactfully and diplomatically in this chasing game of powers in the great interest of Pakistan. we should not do more compromises on our national interests. we should not do any sort of deal to stop development of long range missiles and further production of nuclear weapons. The Pakistan self sovereignty and national security should be protected for doing any civil Nuclear power deal with USA . Pakistan should not sign any nuclear deal with the United States during the visit. Pakistan’s national interests Agenda should be prioritized during this upcoming visit to the United States (US). we should feel proud to be an independent nation in this world being a Nuclear power.

Mustafa Oct 20, 2015 08:31pm

@Muhammed Ali;

'Pakistan should ALWAYS come 1st, the rest will just have to wait in line.'

Not even wait in line, it would automatically fall into place if our leaders are patriotic.

Raheel Oct 20, 2015 09:30pm

Pakistan first but Kashmir. This Kashmir has screwed us up. We are happy what we have right now . Status quo should be our agreement and we should bring peace prosperity in Pakistan. We can do much better than India or even China.

Kalashnikov Oct 20, 2015 11:11pm

@Lucky Star Do you know that to negotiate you need to be able to offer something the other party actually wants. You can't negotiate with someone not interested .

Mustafa Oct 20, 2015 11:51pm

@Khan Gee;

'I am PTI support but outside Pakistan he is representing all the Pakistanis'

Well, he didn't represent all the Pakistanis at Ufa!!

Mustafa Oct 20, 2015 11:58pm

@Moeed Yusuf;

Slice it anyway you want, 1971 was an anomaly of history that will not be repeated.

Mustafa Oct 21, 2015 12:01am


'Thank God national interests are priority this time.'

Thanks to Raheel Sharif.

Mustafa Oct 21, 2015 12:03am


'I thought nuclear weapon is the last option in any type of war'

You are mostly right, so far only one country has used it.

Khwarezmi Oct 21, 2015 12:46am

@Raja Ragu Raman ...and ypu guys must stop taking about attacking Pakistan. But more important, stop sending terrorists to Pakistan and quit Kashmir whose population belong to Pakistan.

khalid Iqbal Oct 21, 2015 03:07am

I hope Mr. Nawaz will do more for his country than he has done in the past,and not waste country resources.

Satyameva Jayate Oct 21, 2015 05:44am

‘Pakistan has built low-yield nuclear weapons to counter Indian aggression’ - Just because he is publicizing it, means Pakistan does not have those. And, the US certainly is going call Pak's bluff :)

Not enemy Oct 21, 2015 07:20am

@Prateek Of course. After all he is US President

Sonny Afridi Oct 22, 2015 12:36am

@Satyameva Jayate I really hope your military strategists think the same as you. Surprises are always nice :)

Must read this.. Oct 22, 2015 08:34am

PM NS visit is a success for Pakistan,US will soon deliver 8 F-16 to Pakistan.US will continue granting supports funds,and all know that Pakistan is a non-NATO ally to us,hence dossiers about India mischief handed over to US.And US will extend stay of her forces in Afghanistan,and US will facilitate peace in this region with help of Pakistan.So all those having apprehensions or doubts please rest calm Pakistan is in very comfortable position.

karan Oct 22, 2015 01:54pm

I fail to understand what "low yield" is. Don't India and pakistan share the same water, the same air? Any nuclear attack near the borders to exterminate security forces will simply cause immense damage to the ecology on the pakistani side as well.

Nuclear weapons are practically useless. They are just good for fear mongering.

Our nations should focus on something they can actually use to benefit our populations.

Dude1 Oct 22, 2015 06:04pm

Low yield Nuclear weapons are more dangerous than WMD since it small size it is possible to use even in minor conflict and that can lead to major conflict and major destructions and complete destruction of smaller of two countries.