Empty warning : Indian Kashmir police issue nuclear war survival tips

Published: January 23, 2013
A man reads a notice with instructions concerning a response to nuclear weapons issued by the police. PHOTO: AFP

A man reads a notice with instructions concerning a response to nuclear weapons issued by the police. PHOTO: AFP

SRINAGAR: In spite of a ceasefire which took hold last week along the Line of Control (LoC) in scenic Himalayan region, police in Indian Kashmir have warned residents to build underground bunkers to prepare for a possible nuclear war in the disputed region.

Indian and Pakistani armies agreed to halt the ceasefire violations after a string of deadly border clashes threatened to unravel a fragile peace process

“If the blast wave does not arrive within five seconds of the flash you were far enough from the ground zero,” says the notice, headed “Protection against Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Weapons”.

It warns of “initial disorientation” from a nuclear attack, saying the blast may “carry away many prominent and familiar features”.

The instructions were issued Monday in a local English-language Greater Kashmir newspaper by the State Disaster Response Force, which is part of the police.

They vividly describe a nuclear war scenario to prepare residents to deal with “the initial shock wave”.

The notice tells them to “wait for the winds to die down and debris to stop falling”.

“Blast wind will generally end in one or two minutes after burst and burns, cuts and bruises are no different than conventional injuries. (The) dazzle is temporary and vision should return in few seconds,” it says.

It tells residents to build toilet-equipped basement shelters “where the whole family can stay for a fortnight”, and says that they should be stocked with non-perishable food.

Police confirmed they issued the notice but said it “should not be connected with anything else”, in an apparent reference to border tension. The notice is part of regular year-round civil defence preparedness, Mubarak Ganai, deputy inspector general of civil defence in Kashmir police, told AFP.

An Indian counter-terrorism expert criticised the warning as valueless for Kashmiris, who could be forgiven for imagining war was an imminent prospect.

“There can be no conceivable motive for issuing a notice like this,” Ajay Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi, told AFP.

“Such information collected from here and there is not worth the paper it is printed on,” he said, adding that “there can be no preparedness for such an eventuality”.

There has been calm along the de facto border in Kashmir since commanders of the two sides agreed last Thursday to halt the cross-border firing.

Pakistan says three of its soldiers died in the firing while India says it lost two of its soldiers – marking the worst violence along the frontier dividing the region since the two nations nearly went to war in 2003.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Rick
    Jan 23, 2013 - 11:51AM

    Where there is smoke, there is fire.


  • Indian
    Jan 23, 2013 - 12:05PM

    This was a sick joke… Kashmir Police should not have published this at this time… Nobody seriously thinks there will be a nuclear war… and if there is then how can it remain confined only to Kashmir? In fact it would involve Lahore and Delhi… We say sorry to Pakistani friends who got alarmed at this news…


  • ashok sai
    Jan 23, 2013 - 12:10PM

    Empty Warning ??? Can you walk your talk by Pakistan declaring ‘no first use of nukes’ policy as did by India ? (even if Pakistan does that it can’t be trusted on the same, that’s another fact)


  • A.M.Khan
    Jan 23, 2013 - 12:38PM

    People love Urdu in Kashmir. I love too.


  • Shahid
    Jan 23, 2013 - 12:47PM

    Now it is clear that false flag operation by india comprises nuking of kashmir and blaming it on pakistan. Okay, so lets say nukes go off in kashmir valley. Good, once and for all it becomes non-habitable and indians will have to stay away from radioactive area. But have you all forgotten that jetstream is the main killer of these hindus once the nukes go off. Jetstream flows west to east, and of course, all the nuke waste, debris, radioactive dust, albeit everything that kills, will move in abundance to hindus heads and start their demise in shortest time. All of hindu-stan will be covered with nuke radioactive debris and dust. So, you hindus in hindu-stan, go do it, and then then wet your dhotis with your pukeandshit and burn on the pyre. Whenever and whatever happens, these hindus will never be able to, and neither have the guts, to nuke Pakistan. They know the outcome of their own doing. Just study the jetstream and you have the answer. Fukushima debris and nuke waste have reached Alaska and west coast of usa. west to east is the jetstream, air and sea movements.


  • American Desi
    Jan 23, 2013 - 1:42PM

    @Editor: Absolutely irresponsible journalism by tribune. Allowing such misleading article is no less than chest thumping and jingoistic behavior.
    Every nuclear rivals need to educate it’s civilians about measures to be taken “in case” of nuclear fallout so that lives can be preserved. It is preposterous and ridiculous to call it a threat in any form.


  • Jan 23, 2013 - 2:39PM

    India has a stated no-first-use policy with regard to Nukes. Pakistan maintains it will use them.

    So its Pakistan which is aiming the gun to India’s head. Just an FYI so that there’s no confusion.Recommend

  • Rana
    Jan 23, 2013 - 4:01PM

    Dear Kashmiris no need to be worried & harassed by Hyenas; we will prefer to detonate above Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai etc!! This psychological deception is being used to make Kashmiris mind to settle on Indian cart!


  • Khalid
    Jan 23, 2013 - 5:11PM

    Playing mind game with Kashmiris…


  • Khalid
    Jan 23, 2013 - 5:14PM


    Please refrain from dragging religion into this… your comment is offensive.. not constructive…


  • stranger
    Jan 23, 2013 - 6:17PM

    Some one has done this innocently. I am sure no nuclear bombs or chemicals will explode any time any place . It would mean only total annihilation and utter chaos .


  • Jan 23, 2013 - 6:21PM

    @Rana most welcome our ballistic missile defence shield is waiting for u


  • Sid
    Jan 23, 2013 - 11:35PM

    Seriously.. What are you smoking??


  • Misery Ghalib
    Jan 24, 2013 - 2:53AM

    @Shahid: too much hate for hindus – where do you think we are from – our ancestors are hindoos !!!!!


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