Vastavam web: Pakistan has developed short-range nuclear weapons to counter the ‘Cold Start’ doctrine of the Indian Army, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said today.On his maiden visit to the US as Pakistan prime minister, Abbasi also said that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal was safe and secure.On the assertion that Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world, Abbasi said: “As far as tactical nuclear weapons (are concerned), we do not have any field tactical nuclear weapons.”
‘Cold Start doctrine’ was developed by the Indian Army for a possible war with Pakistan. This doctrine involves various branches of the Army conducting offensive operations as part of unified battle groups.The doctrine intends to allow India’s conventional forces to perform holding attacks to prevent nuclear retaliation from Pakistan in case of a conflict.”We have a very robust and secure command-and-control system over our strategic nuclear assets. Time has proved that it’s a process that is very secure. It’s a process that has complete civilian oversight through the NCA,” Abbasi said.
“The last 20 years are testament to that,” Abbasi said in response to another question.”So let there be no doubt that any extremist element or somebody like that can gain control of fissile material or a nuclear weapon. There is just no possibility of that. And it’s time-tested, and it’s a very secure system that has been put in place,” he said.”Pakistan is a responsible global citizen, and we’ve shown a responsibility on the ground with this huge war on terror that we’ve been fighting for the last 15 years,” Abbasi said.