Indian strategic community has roundly condemned claims by A.Q. Khan, closely associated with Pakistan’s nuclear programme, that its nuclear weapons can reach New Delhi in five minutes. Experts within the government and outside said it was irresponsible war mongering by the discredited nuclear scientist.
“I don’t think we should respond to such claims. India’s position is clear, no first strike. If we have to carry out a second strike, it would be decisive. But then there is no need for such discussions now,” a senior military scientist said.He said a nuclear missile launch involves elaborate preparations for hours. “The final flight of a missile would only take a few minutes because of our proximity to each other,” he said.Army chief General Dalbir Singh declined to comment on Khan’s claims(THE HINDU,2016).