In yet another threat aimed at India, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that his country had developed short-range nuclear weapons to counter the ‘Cold Start’ doctrine adopted by the Indian Army.
The doctrine has been in talks for many years but the government and the armed forces have seldom owned it in public. In an interview, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat publicly acknowledged the existence of such a doctrine when he took charge in the beginning of this year. Meanwhile, PM Abbasi said the issue of cross-border incursions from Afghanistan is a grave one and recalled that five Afghans have been arrested in the recent past for launching attacks inside Pakistan’s territory. He said Pakistan has proposed to Afghanistan joint patrols along the border and pointed out that was not a single Afghan soldier present at an almost 350 km long border stretch.
He dismissed the Afghan allegations that Pakistan is a safe haven for terrorist. He mentioned the large-scale military operation launched by the Pakistan army against the terrorists and said over 200,000 of its troops have been on the hunt for any miscreants.