Anti-nuclear campaigners have commented on the threat of nuclear war in the India Pakistan conflict.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“In the context of increased tensions between two nuclear states, there is a danger that a misunderstanding could lead to a nuclear exchange.

“We’ve been here before. India and Pakistan came close to nuclear war in the 2001-2002 standoff, where one side refused to rule out a first strike.

“That Pakistan’s Prime Minister has met today with his country’s nuclear weapons body, is a strong indication of how real the threat of nuclear war is.

“Nuclear weapons, far from deterring war, make conflicts more dangerous than they would otherwise be. There is an urgent need for diplomacy in this precarious situation.”