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Pakistan's Syed Sulahuddin intimidates India with a nuclear war

08 Aug 2016 | By Mansi Motwani

According to Syed Salahuddin of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a nuclear war is likely to take place between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

After the death of Burhan Wani, a high-level meeting of the National Security Council took place in Islamabad.

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting, terming the situation in Kashmir "a violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions."

In context: The Nuclear threat faced by India

BackgroundHizb-ul-Mujahideen

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is a Kashmiri separatist group founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September, 1989 and has been active in disputed Kashmir since then.

India, Europe and the United States of America have labelled this organisation as a terrorist outfit.

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen supports a pro-Pakistan ideology and is the largest domestic militant wing in Kashmir.

The Arabic translation of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is "Party of Holy Warriors".

AboutWho is Syed Salahuddin?

Syed Salahuddin is the head of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and also the head of United Jihad Council (an alliance of Kashmiri militant organisations).

United Jihad Council backs the annexation of the state of Kashmir to Pakistan and/or the complete independence of Kashmir.

Syed Salahuddin has a place on the most-wanted list of the National Investigation Agency, an Indian organisation combating terrorism.

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The Nuclear forces of India and Pakistan

ComparisonThe Nuclear forces of India and Pakistan

Both India and Pakistan possess weapons of mass destruction in the form of nuclear weapons.

The current stockpile of India's nuclear weapons is about 120 warheads, compared to Pakistan's stockpile of nuclear weapons which stands at 130.

India's first nuclear weapons' test was held in the year 1974 and was called the "Smiling Buddha".

In May 1998, Pakistan tested 5 nuclear devices in Balochistan.

1,000 Nuclear Weapons

In the year 1999, it was estimated that India has 800 kgs of separated reactor-grade plutonium, with a total amount of 8,300 kg of civilian plutonium. This was said to be enough for 1,000 nuclear weapons.

08 Aug 2016Pakistan's Syed Sulahuddin intimidates India with a nuclear war

What Salahuddin said with regards to Pakistan's support for Kashmir

"Pakistan is duty bound, morally bound, politically bound and constitutionally bound to provide concrete, substantial support to the ongoing freedom struggle on the territory of Kashmir. And, if Pakistan provides this support, there is a great chance of a nuclear war between the two powers."