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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Rawalpindi: Targeting India, Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif has indicated that the Pakistan force is “fully capable” of dealing with “any kind of threat” and any mishap would result in a serious counter attack.

At the Defence Day ceremony for marking 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with India, General Sharif said, “The armed forces of Pakistan is fully capable of dealing with all types of internal and external threats, may it be conventional or sub-conventional; whether it is cold start or hot start.”

He continued, “If the enemy ever resorts to any misadventure, regardless of its size and scale – short or long – it will have to pay an unbearable cost.”

General Sharif’s sharp comments came after Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag earlier had remarked that Indian troops are ready for the ‘swift and short nature of future wars’. In April Indian Army’s ‘Kharga’ Strike Corps had also carried out large-scale war games code-named ‘Brahmashira’ to rehearse ‘swift multiple offensives’.

Paying tribute to the martyrs of PakistanGen. Sharif said that their sacrifices will not go in vain. He said, “I am honoured that soldiers from that war are present among us today.”

The army chief further added, “Pakistan has seen many ups and downs in last 50 years, but I can say with certainty that today we are stronger than before and the nation is more hopeful than ever.”

Gen. Sharif also mentioned that Kashmir is an unresolved regional issue since the partition of the subcontinent. “There can be no peace in the region without resolution of the Kashmir issue according to the UN resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” he said.

With Inputs from IANS

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“A Nuclear War Between India and Pakistan Can Lead To Worst Global Food Crisis”, Say Researchers

While the impacts of global warming on agricultural productivity have been studied extensively, the implications of sudden cooling for global crop growth are little understood

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Nuclear weapons must be eliminated because if they exist, they can be used with tragic consequences for the world. Pixabay

 A war between India and Pakistan using less than one per cent of nuclear weapons available in the world could lead to the worst global food crisis in modern history, say researchers.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said that sudden global cooling from a limited nuclear war along with less precipitation and sunlight could disrupt food production and trade worldwide for about a decade — more than the impact from anthropogenic climate change by late (21st) century.

While the impacts of global warming on agricultural productivity have been studied extensively, the implications of sudden cooling for global crop growth are little understood, according to the researchers. “Our results add to the reasons that nuclear weapons must be eliminated because if they exist, they can be used with tragic consequences for the world,” said study co-author Alan Robock, Professor at Rutgers University in the US.

Robock co-authored a recent study in the journal Science Advances estimating more than 100 million people could die immediately if India and Pakistan wage a nuclear war, followed by global mass starvation.

For the new study, the research team used a scenario of five million tons of black smoke (soot) from massive fires injected into the upper atmosphere that could result from using only 100 nuclear weapons.

That would cool the Earth by 1.8 degrees Celsius (3.2 degrees Fahrenheit) and lead to eight per cent lower precipitation and less sunlight for at least five years.

The researchers included those climate changes in computer simulations by six different crop models for four major crops that account for 90 per cent of global cereal production in terms of calories.

They found that corn calorie production would fall by 13 per cent, wheat by 11 per cent, rice by three per cent and soybeans by 17 per cent over five years. Total first-year losses of 12 per cent would be four times larger than any food shortage in history, such as those caused by historic droughts and volcanic eruptions, the study said.

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A war between India and Pakistan using less than one per cent of nuclear weapons available in the world could lead to the worst global food crisis in modern history, say researchers. Pixabay

Analyses of food trade networks show that domestic reserves and global trade can largely buffer the loss of food production in the first year. But multiyear losses would reduce domestic food availability, especially in food-insecure countries.

By year five, corn and wheat availability would decrease by 13 per cent globally and by more than 20 per cent in 71 countries with a total of 1.3 billion people. Corn production in the US and Canada — representing more than 40 per cent of global production — would drop by 17.5 per cent.

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According to the researchers, 16 million tons of smoke could arise from a nuclear war between India and Pakistan since they now have more and bigger weapons and their potential targets are larger. (IANS)