Insight: Pakistan's nuclear weapons in the hands of radicals: Hussain Haqqani

| Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 22:59
First Published |

For the first time NewsX is in a position to confirm a thus far secret plan drawn up by Pakistan to punish India using tactical nuclear weapons. In an exclusive interview to NewsX, a top advisor to former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto has revealed the secrets of the deadly plot.
Hussain Haqqani has told NewsX that Pakistan's new nuclear doctrine envisages handing over tactical nuclear weapons to brigadier and colonel level officers in the field. Haqqani says this worrying departure from nuclear protocol virtually puts the operational control of these deadly weapons in the hands of Pakistan Army's second rung.
The Pakistani insider says that this is a nightmarish development as Pakistan's second rung military leadership has been notoriously radicalised through exposure to Pak-based Islamic terror groups and could be tempted to use these deadly tactical weapons against India.

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