RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said Pakistan may find it difficult to survive as all offers of friendship with Islamabad ended in disasters because it considers India its biggest enemy.
Citing instances, Hisabale said during former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Lahore bus move was followed by Kargil war and current PM Narendra Modi’s Lahore visit was followed up with Pathankot attack and talks have failed several times
While speaking at the launch of quarterly journal ‘Pakistan Watch’, published by the Sangh-affiliated think tank India Policy Foundation (IPF), Hosabale said that Pakistan will not survive for long because of the myriad of problems it is currently facing.
Hosabale added that so far Pakistan has refused to accept all offers of friendship extended by India as the former considers the latter its biggest enemy.
“Pakistan is not a state, but a state of mind. Pakistan considers India its enemy. It formulates its policies considering this in mind,” he stated.
Hosabale said since he doesn’t foresee Pakistan to survive for long, the journal – Pakistan Watch – is also likely to meet the same fate.
“In 1980-85, a journal called USSR Watch was released and it was said that it would remain for long,” he said. However, the USSR disintegrated within years, he added.
India and Pakistan, the two South Asian nuclear giants, are increasing their nuclear weapon stockpiles and missile delivery capabilities even as across the world the reduction in nuclear weapons remains slow, an international think-tank said on Monday.
The two countries were estimated to have increased their nuclear warheads with Pakistan slightly ahead of India. At the start of 2016 Pakistan had 110-130 warheads while India was behind with 100-120, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said.
The world’s biggest nuclear powers, the US and Russia, are slowly reducing their nuclear arsenals but are modernising their capacities, it said.
Nine states – the US, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea – had 15,395 nuclear warheads at the start of 2016, including 4,120 which were operationally deployed, the institutes’s annual report said.
At the beginning of 2015, the number was 15,850.
“Global nuclear weapon inventories have been declining since they peaked at nearly 70,000 nuclear warheads in the mid-1980s. The decline has been due primarily to cuts made in the Russian and US nuclear forces,” researchers Shannon Kile and Hans Kristensen wrote in the report.