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Pakistani nuclear weapons could obliterate Indian cities: Khan.

ISLAMABAD, April 4 Kyodo

Top Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan has claimed Pakistan has a nuclear arsenal that could obliterate major Indian cities ''three times over,'' an Islamabad newspaper reported Friday.

''Pakistan has number of bombs today, which could obliterate major Indian cities three times over...we can destroy Bombay and New Delhi in five minutes,'' the Daily Nawa-e-Waqt quoted Khan as telling a group in Karachi.

The statement by Khan, who is considered the father of Pakistan's ''Islamic bomb,'' followed a statement by Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday that India could launch a preemptive strike against Pakistan.

Ever since carrying out tit-for-tat nuclear tests in May 1998, both India and Pakistan have declared they will hold to a policy of minimum nuclear deterrence but have kept the international community guessing about what they consider ''minimum deterrence.''

Pakistan has maintained it needs a ratio of one to three against India in conventional arms and analysts believe it would like to have the same ratio in nuclear weapons.
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Date:Apr 7, 2003
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