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Pak navy inaugurates new Strategic Force headquarters

world Updated: May 20, 2012 14:21 IST

The Pakistan Navy has completed the establishment of a new Naval Strategic Force Command, described by the military as the custodian of the country's nuclear second strike capability.


Naval Strategic Force Command headquarters was inaugurated by naval chief Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila on Saturday.

The event was attended by Strategic Plans Division chief Lt Gen (retired) Khalid Kidwai and senior naval and military officers.

Vice Admiral Tanveer Faiz, commander of the Naval Strategic Force Command, said the Naval Strategic Force Command, which is "the custodian of the nation's second strike capability", will strengthen Pakistan's policy of credible minimum deterrence and ensure regional stability.

The headquarters of the Naval Strategic Force Command will perform a "pivotal role in the development and employment of the naval strategic force", Faiz was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the military.

Admiral Sandila said the inauguration of the headquarters marked the "formal establishment of the Naval Strategic Force Command".

The statement did not give details of the weapon systems and delivery platforms that comprise Pakistan's second strike capability.

Unlike India, Pakistan does not have a "no first use" policy for its nuclear arsenal.

India adopted the "no first use" policy shortly after its nuclear tests in 1998.