When war breaks out, it is natural for the fighting sides to use all possible weapons in their armoury to defeat the enemy. Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Manzoor Ahmed Watoos statement that the Kashmir dispute could trigger a nuclear war between Pakistan and India should be seen in this perspective. In the climate of long-standing hostility and tension in the subcontinent, leaving Kashmir unsettled could prove suicidal for both, especially when they are armed with nuclear weapons. The doomsday scenario Mr Watoo is warning of should, therefore, be taken seriously. The conflict should be resolved in accordance with the UNSC resolutions at the earliest. The world must understand that much is at stake right now. Indeed, the nuclearisation of South Asia itself owes itself to this crisis. We must understand that every confrontation over Kashmir has the potential to escalate into a nuclear confrontation. The argument that weapons of mass destruction have only deterrent value is not entirely true. The Kargil war created an all-round fear that it might end up in the use of atomic weapons, causing widespread destruction. Meanwhile, it is disturbing to learn that Indian behaviour is proving to be grist to the mill of those who are making noises about a nuclear holocaust. Recently, India stepped up its campaign of violence and suppression in the Valley and on Friday, placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabir Shah under house arrest. More than 100 innocent protestors have been brutally shot to death in the past few months in response to popular demand of liberation from the Indian yoke. It is this unpromising and totally inhuman stance of New Delhi that makes the Valley a veritable nuclear flashpoint. The world leaders who never tire of lecturing the Muslims about renouncing terrorism need to take notice of the Indian state terrorism in Kashmir. Allowing the conflict to fester is an invitation to a great disaster.