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Officials warn Kashmiris of possible nuclear attack

Published Jan 22, 2013 11:09am


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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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saju Jan 22, 2013 03:14pm
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
zakiulhaq Jan 22, 2013 12:24pm
Yes, exaggerated, advice given to built shelters to protect from flood or may be from Tsunami!!!. !!!!
wiseman Jan 22, 2013 12:52pm
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 Jan 22, 2013 11:58am
hehe, I don't think indian bombs are capable of doing anything :D
murali Jan 22, 2013 01:56pm
Pakistanis even have the gall to compare and equate themselves with India. lol.
khalid Jan 23, 2013 01:44pm
Clearly, Indians are overreacting this time... this is ridiculous....
Wajid Jan 22, 2013 12:17pm
Exaggerated by Pakistan ???? who is spreading the news ???? be sensible !!
Raj Jan 22, 2013 01:28pm
3 2 you are absolutely right. They are duds.
Ahmed bin Babar Jan 22, 2013 04:01pm
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
Dani Jan 22, 2013 04:01pm
India is playing a trick here, so that Kashmirs start hating Pakistan and support India. I think so.
Mukesh Jan 22, 2013 03:59pm
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.
umesh Jan 22, 2013 03:52pm
plz not be silly there is nothing like!!
Amit Singh Jan 23, 2013 06:30am
Wah Wah, Maza aa gaya, what a joke....................
peace on earth Jan 22, 2013 04:31pm
You never win the other side by hatred. Work for peace.
Ajay Jan 22, 2013 04:38pm
definetly we shld not waste bombs on pakistan , they r bombing themselves and also outsourcing it to US ( Drones)
hamid Shafiq Jan 22, 2013 11:38am
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.
khalidpalijo Jan 22, 2013 03:49pm
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 Jan 22, 2013 04:04pm
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
AHA Jan 22, 2013 04:18pm
Is this for real???
aa Jan 22, 2013 12:10pm
and when someone call it traditional warmongaring by india, they would never accept it...
Iqbal khan Jan 22, 2013 04:27pm
Shantee guys we are not doing nuclear war here and calm down.
Stranger Jan 22, 2013 03:48pm
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.
Jai Jan 22, 2013 03:30pm
What are you talking. Try Mallika sherawat !!!
zaffar Jan 22, 2013 04:06pm
One can afford to quarrel with its relatives,but not neighbours.Both India and Pakistan should should avoid such conflits.
Secular no more Jan 22, 2013 04:07pm
Is it so amusing ???...find me a single Indian news agency which has published it in INDIA.....
Secular no more Jan 22, 2013 04:02pm
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 Jan 22, 2013 04:08pm
first is china. who is second powerful neighbour though...??? ;)
naveen Jan 23, 2013 05:58am
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 Jan 22, 2013 11:34am
Highly exaggerated by Pakistan.
Kuladeep Patil Jan 22, 2013 02:48pm
I believe, peace loving people in both countries would not want war...
Safi Ud Din Khan Jan 22, 2013 01:48pm
what could be more ridiculous then this
G.A. Jan 22, 2013 12:50pm
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?
SJ Jan 22, 2013 11:55am
Both sides Sir. Let us remain fair.
Masood Mehdi Jan 22, 2013 11:30am
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 Jan 22, 2013 03:18pm
Indians be assured pakistan will never nuke kashmir,therebare better yargets than kashmir
msilyas Jan 22, 2013 12:04pm
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 Jan 22, 2013 12:01pm
krishnan Jan 22, 2013 12:42pm
This must be in response to Hafeez Sayeed's threat of violence ? Quite childish though.
A Shah Jan 22, 2013 11:14am
Well we in Pakistan are capable of anything and will our own to to assure India doesnt get an upper hand.
Shabz Jan 22, 2013 11:59am
It's AP news, you idiot.
Swaran Singh Jan 22, 2013 02:44pm
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
Desi Jan 22, 2013 02:18pm
War. no other way. Finish it once and for all.
Dev Jan 22, 2013 02:37pm
That sounds more like black mail.
sridhar Jan 22, 2013 12:43pm
published by dawn however
vjjjjjjjjjjj Jan 22, 2013 04:42pm
But so far is any of Pakistans action based on rational thinking
Mustafa Jan 22, 2013 04:43pm
bilalchaudhry2 Jan 22, 2013 05:00pm
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.
T.M.Wazir Jan 22, 2013 05:18pm
- ready for a war is the best way to maintain peace. God bless Pakistan.
anony Jan 22, 2013 05:31pm
I totally agree.
Riaz Jan 22, 2013 05:46pm
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.
Neutral Jan 22, 2013 05:56pm
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.
Imran Jan 23, 2013 10:42am
The Opposite is true rather. Hinduism has survived despite Iislamic nvaders for thousand of years.
Cyrus Howell Jan 22, 2013 06:01pm
Two weeks food and water will not save people in that event.
Sam T Jan 22, 2013 06:05pm
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.
Zak Jan 22, 2013 06:05pm
India is scared because Pakistan is a regional power and it frightened of having conflict wit it
Mikal Jan 22, 2013 06:09pm
Let us defuse this before we turn this into a nuclear war. Mutual respect and appreciation = mutual survival.
Shahryar Shirazi Jan 22, 2013 06:19pm
Sunil, its not Pakistan. Its news "on-the-wire" .
Positive Jan 22, 2013 06:25pm
Bhookay nay bhookay ko mara...dono ghash khaa kar gir gaye!!! Madari ka tamasha hey dost...Enjoy karo!
abbastoronto Jan 22, 2013 06:29pm
The 4th world war will be fought with sticks and stones.
sk Jan 22, 2013 06:29pm
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.
AK Jan 22, 2013 06:31pm
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 Jan 22, 2013 06:43pm
maybe, but no one in their right mind would want to take that chance anyway
Syed Jan 22, 2013 10:16pm
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) Jan 22, 2013 08:00pm
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 Jan 22, 2013 08:04pm
Since Pakistan beat India in cricket India wants to take revenge to nuke Pakistan.
Noman Jan 22, 2013 08:04pm
Only damage of People of Kashmir Human right must stop those violence ........ !!
Harish Jan 22, 2013 08:32pm
Nice joke
Raza Jan 22, 2013 08:33pm
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!!!
Isadora Jan 22, 2013 08:51pm
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.
Alex(Washington) Jan 23, 2013 07:53am
pakistan is a regional power.... hahahahahah.. that cracked me half... best oneliners since morning... i give it to you my friend.
sami Jan 22, 2013 09:24pm
I think it's coming.
sk Jan 23, 2013 07:49am
Sunil Sinha Jan 22, 2013 10:33pm
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.
Naz Jan 22, 2013 10:39pm
Someone obviously has a few nuclear bunkers to sell ?
undying_lament Jan 23, 2013 07:24am
"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.
kirtherk Jan 22, 2013 11:22pm
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.
JS Jan 22, 2013 11:27pm
Now dont be silly, keep it conventional.
Amarnath Jan 23, 2013 12:00am
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 Jan 23, 2013 12:37am
Actually, we have a Missile defense programme. So its YOUR missiles that are useless. :)
Ahsen Jan 23, 2013 12:41am
Cant Agree more .
manoranjan Jan 23, 2013 09:03am
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
george Jan 23, 2013 01:04am
This is classic:
irfan Jan 23, 2013 01:09am
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.
Zeeshan Jan 23, 2013 01:37am
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.
d Jan 23, 2013 01:42am
dont be silly...
Neo Jan 23, 2013 07:38am
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..
undying_lament Jan 23, 2013 07:25am
Fear mongering at its finest
Saurabh Jan 23, 2013 11:10am
Good. So you accept Kashmir is an Indian state :D
Rajesh Jan 23, 2013 12:32pm
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
khalid Jan 23, 2013 01:54pm
"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...
Mr.T Jan 23, 2013 01:59pm
Yes because nobody ate grass in India to get Nukes
Mr.T Jan 23, 2013 02:00pm
It is either he accept or not
Mr.T Jan 23, 2013 02:06pm
Google 16 dec 1971
Khan Jan 23, 2013 02:12pm
@manoranjan oh ok, now translate it in English pls
Indian Jan 24, 2013 09:52am
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........
Samir Jan 23, 2013 04:26pm
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
G.A. Jan 23, 2013 05:17pm
Likewise Is any of India's?
Deb Jan 23, 2013 08:19pm
Do you include Pakistan in the list of powerful neighbors?
anil gupta Jan 24, 2013 02:16am
Who cares who won, Just Indian board has benefitted, not you and not me. They earn and u are happy.
kahn Jan 24, 2013 06:15am
ahh the bitterness..
Ahmedabadi Jan 24, 2013 06:34am
I support that whole heartedly from this side of the fence.
Shubs Jan 24, 2013 07:13am
The most sensible comment among all this silliness...:-)