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Nuclear weapons meant for war with India, says Pakistan

Washington DC: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry has said that the country has made low-yield nuclear weapons to deal with India’s cold-start doctrine that Pakistan claims was developed by Indian military for use in a possible war with the neighbouring nation.

Shaheen I medium-range ballistic missile

Pakistani spectators (rear) watch the Shaheen I medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warhead is driving past with its launcher during the National Day parade in Islamabad, 23 March 2005. Speaking at the ceremony where Pakistan showcased its military might, AFP

It is the first time that a senior Pakistani official has given an explanation of the country’s decision to make tactical nuclear weapons, renaming it as the country’s proactive strategy, the Dawn reported.

Chaudhry also said that Pakistan would not sign any nuclear deal with the United States during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit.

Sharif will hold a meeting with US President Barack Obama on October 22.

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry speaking at the Atlantic Council June 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. File Photo- AFP PHOTO

US reports have said that the Obama administration is trying to persuade Pakistan to sign a nuclear deal, which will enable Islamabad to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group if it agrees to accept certain restrictions on its nuclear programme.

Chaudhry said that Pakistan?s nuclear programme was not for starting a war but for deterrence.

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