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.
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, Abbasi said in response to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.
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 Indias 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 its a process that is very secure. Its a process that has complete civilian oversight through the NCA, Abbasi said.
The Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) of Pakistan is responsible for command, control and operational decisions regarding the countrys nuclear arsenals. PTI
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