Vastavam web:Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf contemplated the use of nuclear weapons against India amid tensions following the December 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament, but decided against doing so out of fear of retaliation, according to a media report. Musharraf, 73 also recalled that he had many sleepless nights, asking himself whether he would or could deploy
nuclear weapons, the Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun said. When tensions were high in 2002, there was a “danger when (the) nuclear threshold could have been crossed,” the paper quoted Musharraf as saying. At the time, Musharraf had publicly said that he would not rule out the possibility of using nuclear weapons.
Musharraf also said, however, that at the time, neither India nor Pakistan had nuclear warheads on their missiles, so it would have taken one or two days to make them launch-ready. Asked whether he had ordered that missiles be equipped with nuclear warheads and put into firing position, he said, “We didn’t do that and we don’t think India also did that, thank God” pointing, perhaps, to a fear of retaliation, the paper reported.