New York, Sep 21 : Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said that the country has access to short-range nuclear weapons and will use it to counter the Indian Army.
“We have developed short-range nuclear weapons as a counter to the Cold Start doctrine that India has developed. Again, those are in the same command-and-control authority that controls the other strategic weapons,” he said at the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.
Abbasi’s declaration comes amid North Korea’s escalating threats of nuclear warfare, which has been condemned by leaders across the world.
“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,” he said.
He further added that the command-and-control systems are as secure as anybody else’s in the world.
“The last 20 years are testament to that,” Abbasi said in response to another question.