New Delhi, July 27: Gen Pervez Musharraf said that he considered the use of nuclear weapons against India. Musharraf revealed that amid tensions following the 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament, he had decided to nuke India, but went against it out of fear of retaliation, according to Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun. In the interview, Musharraf recalled that when tensions were high in 2002, he spent sleepless nights contemplating and asking himself whether he would or could station nuclear weapons, ready to be launched against India. At that time, he had publicly said that he would not rule out the possibility of using nuclear weapons against India. Also Read - These Restaurant Are Offering Discounts to Diners Who Have Been Vaccinated Against Covid-19
Musharraf also said, however, that neither India nor Pakistan had nuclear warheads and it would have taken them two days to make the weapons launch ready. When the Japanese daily asked if he had ordered making the missiles equipped with nuclear warheads and putting them into firing positions, ready to be launched, Musharraf said, “We didn’t do that and we don’t think India also did that, thank God.” He added that it could be fear of retaliation on both the sides that applied psychological brakes on both the countries in 2002. Also Read - Over 300 Twitter Handles Generated From Pakistan to Disrupt Farmers' Tractor Rally, Claims Delhi Police
Musharraf said when tensions were high in 2002, there was a “danger when (the) nuclear threshold could have been crossed,” the paper quoted him saying. The countries decided to avoid that and tensions subsided on both the sides. Also Read - Pakistan Approves Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V For Emergency Use
In the year 1999, India adopted a no-first-use (NFU)” policy. On the other hand, Pakistan has never ruled out the possibility of a nuclear attack. However, in 2016, India’s then defense minister Manohar Parrikar had stated that India would not be tied down due to its adoption of NFU policy. His comments had escalated debates discouraging nuclear theory.
In fact, a top nuclear expert on South Asian nuclear strategy had claimed that India may abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear policy if the country fears that Islamabad would use the nuclear weapons first. “There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first,” said Vipin Narang.
Musharraf said that raising tensions in such a way is extremely dangerous and pointed at mutually assured destruction as per which the destruction would not stop after the first nuclear attack but will end in total destruction of all the parties involved.