The tensions between two Asian nations India and Pakistan have escalated over past couple of weeks. According to latest reports, Pakistan has threatened to use nuclear weapons on India too. Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has repeatedly said that there are chances that his country could use nuclear weapons against India.
“We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us,” Asif had told a local Pakistani news channel, according to Indian Express. “Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India. We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase. If a such a situation arises we will use it (nuclear weapons) and eliminate India,” he added.
However, the United States has reportedly given a stern warning to Pakistan against its use of nuclear weapons. According to a senior State Department official, who did not reveal his identity for security reasons, US “repeatedly” made it clear to Pakistan that any “nuclear threat” to India will not be tolerated, Indian Express reported. The official called the threat of Pakistan to use nukes against India in India Pakistan possible par as “very concerning” and “serious thing.”
The US is now keeping a close watch on Pakistan and its movement of weapons of mass destruction. Pakistan is equipped with all military and chemical materials required for a nuclear attack against its neighbor.
“The safety of these weapons is always a concern for us. So we are always monitoring it, regardless of what they said on this particular occasion,” the State Department official added.
According to CNN, Pakistan has an estimate 110 and 130 nuclear weapon as of August estimates. Its nuclear stockpile is ever growing and is dangerous. In 1999, Pakistan became a declared nuclear weapons state but it has also signed a strict no first-use policy. The policy means that the Asian nation will not use nuclear weapons unless someone strikes it first.