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Pak tells US about ‘India’s subversive role’, won’t limit tactical nukes

Pakistan said on Wednesday it handed over to the US three dossiers that contained “evidence” about India’s role in “subversive activities” in the country, nearly a month after it gave a similar document to the United Nations.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2015 00:39 IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will meet US President Barack Obama on Thursday.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will meet US President Barack Obama on Thursday.

Pakistan said on Wednesday it had handed over to the US three dossiers that contained “evidence” about India’s alleged role in “subversive activities” in the country, nearly a month after it gave a similar document to the United Nations.

The dossiers were handed over to the US by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, according to a statement issued by the Pakistan government. The statement came after Secretary of State John Kerry met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Washington.

“Kerry was briefed about the destabilising role of Indian agencies in FATA, Balochistan and Karachi,” the statement said.

India has rubbished Pakistan’s allegations, maintaining it has no role in the unrest in any part of the country. Pakistan levelled the charges after bilateral ties but a fresh low in August following the cancellation of talks between the National Security Advisors.

Pakistan had earlier handed over a similar dossier to the UN. The world body paid no heed to the allegations.

The Pakistani statement said Sharif apprised Kerry of his commitment to normalising ties with India and efforts to improve relations with Afghanistan.

Sharif is set to hold talks with President Barack Obama on Thursday, when the Prime Minister will tell the US that Pakistan won’t accept limits on its tactical nuclear weapons, Pakistani officials said on Wednesday.

Read: ‘Pakistan made tactical nukes to prevent India from launching war’

Pakistan insists that the low-yield nuclear weapons would deter a sudden attack by India. But the US worries tactical weapons may further destabilise the volatile region because their smaller size makes them more tempting to use in a conventional war.

The US wants Pakistan to commit to not using tactical nuclear weapons but Islamabad wants to keep its options open as a way of deterring a potential Indian attack, said Maria Sultan, head of the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute.

Pakistan says the US is demanding unreasonable limits on its use of nuclear weapons and not offering much in return apart from a hazy promise to consider the county as a recognised recipient of nuclear technology.

“Pakistan’s nuclear programme is ... India-centric. And it exists to make war a non-option ... Tactical nuclear weapons block off this room (for war) completely,” said a security official with knowledge of Pakistan’s nuclear program. “No one can dictate what kind of weapons we will make or use.”

Pakistan is working on developing a nuclear submarine, he added. “The goal is a sea-based second strike capability,” he said, referring to a submarine that could carry nuclear warheads and strike in case land-based nuclear weapons were wiped out.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since 1947. For the past two years, Pakistan has tested missiles that can reach India’s outermost territories, and very short range missiles that could be used with small nuclear warheads if Indian troops cross onto Pakistani soil.

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told state television on Tuesday this was a reaction to Indian threats to make a limited, lightning raid with conventional forces, an idea known as the “Cold Start” doctrine. India has never officially acknowledged the existence of such a doctrine.