Army Chief: Pakistan's nuclear arsenal secure

Amid global fears that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal may fall into the hands of terrorists, Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh says concern remains over this aspect but feels these weapons are secure.

“Probably Pakistan also has [such concerns] and they are taking extra measures....I don't think, there is any reason to say things are not secure. Things are secure,” the Army Chief told PTI in an interview.

Internal dynamics

He, however, noted that this would remain a concern given “the way internal dynamics [of Pakistan] are.”

Gen. Singh recently raised hackles in Pakistan for his comments that Pakistan and China are “major irritants” and India was ready to fight a conventional warfare in a nuclear scenario.

Rejecting Pakistan's contention that his recent comments were “jingoistic,” he said such views were not only his but of the entire world.

“I only said what the whole world is saying. If the whole world is jingoistic...,” Gen. Singh said.

The Army Chief noted that both Pakistan and China were nuclear armed countries and “who uses [such weapons], we don't know. As armed forces, we should always keep this in mind that there is somebody who can use it.”


Elaborating on his contention, he pointed out that Pakistan had done “sabre-rattling” on behalf of nuclear weapons and “we, as a force, are prepared to fight anytime.”

Turning to China, he said the borders were calm and confidence-building measures were in place and “things are not as bad as we look at the western side [Pakistan].”

Gen. Singh said China was engaging a lot of India's neighbours and it “impacts our overall security scenario.”

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