Musharraf says he had considered nuclear attack on India in 2002

Published: July 28, 2017
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Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

Former military dictator and All Pakistan Muslim League chief General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has revealed he considered using nuclear weapons against India in 2002 – but decided not to because he feared retaliation.

Musharraf, now 73 and living in Dubai, said there was a “danger when nuclear threshold could have been crossed” amid worsening relations between the two countries.

The former military ruler said he had sleepless nights deciding whether he should use the devastating weapon as tensions flared in the wake of an attack on the Indian Parliament in New Delhi that left 14 dead.

According to the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun, Musharraf said neither Pakistan nor India had nuclear warheads on their missiles at the time meaning it would have taken up to two days to prepare them for launch.

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He was then asked whether he had asked for warheads to be fixed to missiles, to which he responded: “We didn’t do that and we don’t think India also did that, thank God.”

Earlier this year, Musharraf launched a career as a political analyst on a weekly television talk show, a prominent role for the ex-leader who lives in Dubai and faces several criminal cases at home.

Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 military coup and stepped down nine years later amid mass protests, was allowed to leave Pakistan last year for health reasons that his lawyer argued prevented him from standing trial on treason and other charges. Musharraf denied the charges.

The criminal cases against Musharraf were lodged by prosecutors under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted as prime minister in the 1999 coup. Sharif returned to power in elections four years ago.

The cases against Musharraf were seen as a source of tension between the military and Sharif’s government.

This article originally appeared on MailOnline.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Faisal
    Jul 28, 2017 - 5:29PM

    Should’ve done it! Looks like we continue to make the mistakes the Mughals did when controlling India for 800+ years. Recommend

  • Mona
    Jul 28, 2017 - 8:09PM

    @Faisal:
    Sometimes one has think with their head and not their heart.Recommend

  • Truth
    Jul 28, 2017 - 8:35PM

    We wonder why the world worries about Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal. This man is responsible for the needless deaths of thousands of soldiers on both side of the border. This shameless individual is still causing issues for the subcontinentRecommend

  • Tahir
    Jul 29, 2017 - 12:11AM

    Itna hangama kis bat ka.. woh president tha, us ne hr aik step consider krna tha.. so is ne yeh bhe kia laken akhir main warheads ko mount nhe kia.. that’s all what se saying..Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jul 29, 2017 - 12:16AM

    @Faisal:
    Mughals never controlled India for 800 yrs and they didnt have nuclear weapons. Because of Mughals there is Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 29, 2017 - 2:02AM

    This person has no respect for the laws of his adopted country nor any respect for his birth place. No one in his right mind would commit such crime.Recommend

  • Syed Ahmad
    Jul 29, 2017 - 9:03AM

    Does he want Pakistan to join North Korea as a rogue nation. This just such a dumb statement for so many reasons. This is going to make us a pariah state and further contributes to our negative image as an irresponsible nation.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 1, 2017 - 3:02AM

    If it had happened Pakistan would today have been in stone age or non existent on world maps.Recommend

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