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Nuclear weapons limit chance of Indo-Pak war, says adviser to National Command Authority

Updated March 25, 2016

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The Shaheen-III missile is displayed during the Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2016. — Reuters
The Shaheen-III missile is displayed during the Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2016. — Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the National Command Authority, Lt Gen (r) Khalid Kidwai has said that there is little probability for war between Pakistan and India because of the nuclear weapon stockpiles maintained by both countries.

"Pakistan's only enemy is India and our nuclear programme is India-centric," he said at a rare public talk held at the Institute of Strategic Studies on Pakistan's role in Nuclear Security Summit.

Lt Gen (r) Khalid Kidwai further said, "However there is little option for war between the two countries because of the nuclear arms possessed by them. War is not an option for resolving the outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, diplomacy and political approach should be given priority."

Referring to a recent report released by the Harvard Kennedy School Gen (r) Kidwai termed it as loose talk and clarified that no one could dare to steal Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying cruise missile Ra'ad during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP/File
Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying cruise missile Ra'ad during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP/File

The report had said that, "With Pakistan moving towards tactical nuclear weapons, there is an increasingly higher risk of nuclear theft."

Adviser to the National Command Authority said Pakistan maintains a strong command and control system over the safety and security of its nuclear weapons.

He said Pakistan is not at all apologetic on its missile and nuclear programme and it would not be capped at all. Lt Gen (r) Kidwai said that the nuclear programme will continue for Pakistan's defence.

Armed forces personnel aboard the launch vehicle for Nasr tactical missile system during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP/File
Armed forces personnel aboard the launch vehicle for Nasr tactical missile system during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP/File

Expressing grave concerns over India's access to the Nuclear Supplier Group's (NSG), he said Pakistan has friends at NSG and all measures would be taken at diplomatic level to protect our strategic interests.

Mr Kidwai led the administration of Pakistan's nuclear and missile weapons program for 15 years. He now serves as an adviser to the National Command Authority, a committee of the top civilian and military leaders that sets the country's nuclear weapons policy.