Indo-Pak alliance possible: Kalam

"It looks to me that in another 50 years a federation is possible if the youth worked towards it," says the President.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 12:55 IST

President APJ Abdul Kalam on Thursday said some kind of federation between India and Pakistan looked a possibility in another 50 years.

"It looks to me that in another 50 years a federation of the two countries is possible if the youth worked towards it but not an integration," he said.

He wasspeakingatan interactive session with the students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan International School in Singapore.

Prefacing his answer to the question, the President said the two erstwhile power blocs Russia and United States, each armed with nuclear warheads, have "suddenly become friends. The two Germanys have reunited."

In reply to another question, Kalam suggested India had to go nuclear because of the presence of atomic weapons in the subcontinent.

Without naming China or Pakistan, Kalam said, "There are nuclear weapons in the subcontinent and India has witnessed a 3,000-year history of many invasions by kings who ruled the country for hundreds of years."

"We had to become a nuclear state," he added.

The President, however, pointed out that India was committed to no-first use of nuclear weapons and total nuclear disarmament.

"The day other states reduce their nuclear arsenal, we are going to follow suit," he added.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 10:37 IST