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If needed, we can use nuclear weapons: Pakistan defence minister

Last updated on: July 08, 2015 15:34 IST

"Fuelling terrorism directly or indirectly is India’s proxy war in Pakistan"

Pakistani nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missiles Shaheen II, with a range of 2,000 km. Photograph: Reuters

Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that India was waging a proxy war against his nation through terrorism.

“Fuelling terrorism directly or indirectly is India’s proxy war in Pakistan,” Asif told Geo News in an interview on Monday. He alleged that India supported Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Baloch separatists and evidence of this was presented at international forums.

“If we need to use nuclear weapons for "our survival, we will," Asif added emphasising that Pakistan’s defence capability was strong.  The use of nuclear weapons was an option as they were not merely kept for show but as deterrents, he told Geo News.     

“We should pray that such an option never arises, but if we need to use them (nuclear weapons) for our survival we will.”   

On the BBC report of India’s support to Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Asif said that if any evidence was found it will be presented at international forums.

India has dismissed the report as "completely baseless".