According to him, the size, shape and the delivery system Pakistan is likely to use in the launch of a TNW will depend upon the "opportunity and timing" during the conflict. "We have intelligence inputs and field reports that indicate Pakistan has clandestinely acquired highly sophisticated miniaturised tactical nuclear weapons which could be launched even from field artillery guns or aircraft," the general said.
The TNW, depending on yield, can destroy an advancing tank squadron and kill 500-1,000 troops. The thinking in the army headquarters is that Pakistan will not hesitate to use these weapons if its "value objectives" are threatened. By this, the army means a situation where either Pakistan's strategic North-South Highway (running from Peshawar to Karachi) or its key cities come within India's strike range. However, the general says Pakistan will avoid a nuclear strike unless pushed to the wall. "It is not as if the Pakistanis will play the nuclear card without a serious provocation. So, our strategy should be well calibrated so that it is limited to contain terrorism in J&K." He rules out an all-out war which carries the risk of escalating into a nuclear conflict.