Lt Gen D.B. Shekatkar, former additional director-general, military operations, and additional director-general, perspective planning (covering among other things nuclear doctrine and planning), retired from the army on March 31 this year. In addition to the two postings, he has also been a divisional commander in Kashmir, a corps commander in the northeast and commandant of the prestigious Infantry School. Excerpts from an interview to Outlook:
The army top brass is worried about Pakistan threatening to use a nuclear weapon and say this should not be treated casually. What is your perception?
I agree that the repeated assertions by the Pakistanis on this count should not be taken lightly.
Does Pakistan possess a tactical nuclear weapon?
Yes, it does and we should be ready to counter it.
Is Pakistan capable of using a tactical nuclear weapon?
Yes, it is. In the army, when we deal with the nuclear aspect and future planning, we have always taken the tactical nuclear weapon factor into account when...