Slamming India for ‘destablising’ Pakistan, former president Pervez Musharraf said the country’s nuclear weapons are for defence purposes and not for “celebratory” occasions.
Musharraf claimed that India is planning a strategy to ultimately de-nuclearise Pakistan.
“We do not want to use nuclear capability but if our existence comes under threat, who do we have these nuclear weapons for? If I say in Chaudhary Shujaat’s style, do we have nukes saved to be used on Shab-e-Baraat?” he told a local TV channel.
“Don’t attack us, don’t challenge our territorial integrity because we are not a small power, we’re a major and nuclear power. Don’t push us,” he said.
“We should have self-confidence that their (Indian) dream to denuclearise Pakistan is not possible. We won’t let their end game materialise,” he added.
Experts say that by 2020, Pakistan will be able to produce more than 200 nuclear devices, as it currently has the world’s fastest growing nuclear weapons programme.
India has said it will not hesitate in going beyond its borders to eliminate terrorists, in an apparent warning to Pakistan.
This article originally appeared in the Press Trust of India.