Reassure Army on Pokhran II, says Malik

Reassure Army on Pokhran II, says Malik

Malik also said the statement by former president A P J Abdul Kalam, the DRDO chief when India tested the bombs in 1998, rubbishing the claims of his colleague and defence scientist Dr K Santhanam, was “unconvincing.”

Santhanam said the tests were a fizzle which was rejected by Kalam, who said Pokhran II was a complete success.

“They (Armed Forces) need to be reassured about the weapon system they use and about the planning of what kind of the yield they have when they hit the target,” Malik, the army chief during Pokhran II, said in an interview to a private televiision channel.

Malik dubbed as shocking the recent comments of Santhanam, questioning the yield of the thermonuclear device tested on May 11, 1998.

“Let us not forget that Dr Santhanam was part of his (Kalam’s) team. And it came as quite a shock with Dr Santhanam himself mentioning that it was a fizzle,” the former Army chief said.

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