Washington, March 5: With Pakistan having a nuclear arsenal that
could fall into wrong hands in the event of the south Asian country becoming
unstable, neighbour India could act as a check, US presidential aspirant Donald
Trump has asserted.
Aspirant for the Republican Party nomination for the US presidency, Trump
suggested the involvement of India if Pakistan goes unstable, emphasising that
the country could go rogue despite there being some semblance of sanity at the
moment when compared to North Korea.
"India's the check to Pakistan. And you have to get India involved. They
have their own nukes, they have a very powerful army. They seem to be the real
checkmate," Trump was cited by Tolo news as having said during a
presidential debate on Friday.
"They seem to be the real group, and I would start talking at that level
very, very quickly," Trump asserted.
Trump also was of the view that US forces should remain in Afghanistan to
protect the nuclear weapons of Pakistan.
"I think you have to stay in Afghanistan for a while, because of the fact
that you are right next to Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons and we have to
protect that," he said, adding that "nuclear weapons change the
While pointing towards the nuclear weapons that Islamabad possesses, Trump had
last year also said that Pakistan was "a serious problem" if it
became unstable in the future.