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Pakistan Clarifies Conditions for Tactical Nuclear Weapon Use Against India

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  1. war&peace

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    On Monday, a top Pakistani official confirmed what had long been suspected by the arms control community: Pakistan will use low-yield nuclear weapons in responding to hypothetical Indian incursions into its territory. According to Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhary, Pakistan is formalizing it’s plans to use these low-yield nuclear bombs to forestall the advance of Indian troops under New Delhi’s “Cold Start” doctrine. Chaudhary’s statement marks the first time Pakistani officials have acknowledged their intent to use low-yield, or so-called “tactical,” nuclear weapons in a potential future conflict with India. India does not currently operate or plan to develop tactical nuclear weapons.

    Pakistan’s research and development efforts into tactical nuclear weapons have been an open secret for some time. Khalid Kidwai, the longest serving head of Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division, the branch of the armed forces tasked with securing and maintaining the country’s nuclear arsenal, had called earlier this year for short-range nuclear weapons. Though observers often distinguish between long-range, high-yield “strategic” nuclear weapons and short-range, low-yield “tactical” nuclear weapons, no formal distinction exists between the two types of weapons. In the eyes of the international community, even the use of a low-yield nuclear weapon in wartime would mark a significant escalation and increase the risk of all-out nuclear war between India and Pakistan. Pakistani experts, including Kidwai, have denied that Pakistan’s plans to operationalize short-range nuclear weapons would realistically increase the risk of nuclear war in South Asia.

    Independent experts generally regard Pakistan’s deployment of short-range, low-yield nuclear weapons as problematic and risky. Jeffrey D. McCausland, writing for the Stimson Center, notes that “the belief held by some Pakistani military leaders that the development, production, and induction of tactical nuclear weapons would cancel Indian conventional advantages while facilitate ‘sub-conventional’ warfare is both dangerous and problematic.” Notably, tactical nuclear weapons lower the threshold for nuclear weapon use by Pakistan considerably. Chaudhary’s offered rational for Pakistan’s “tactical” weapons refers to India’s so-called “Cold Start” doctrine, which is as of yet not an official part of Indian military doctrine. Under Cold Start, Indian conventional forces would conduct coordinated offensive operations into Pakistan and conduct limited warfare; Cold Start emphasizes speedy and lithe offensive operations. From the Pakistani perspective, battlefield use of tactical nuclear weapons would stop Indian forces dead in their tracks. Unsaid in Chaudhary’s remarks on Pakistan’s tactical weapons is the notion that Pakistan would essentially resort to nuclear weapon use on its own territory to slow down an Indian advance.

    As a final thought, I find it notable that Chaudhary chose a press conference briefing the media on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s upcoming state visit to the United States to acknowledge Pakistan’s plans to deploy low-yield nuclear weapons. In recent weeks, following two separate reports by the Washington Post‘s David Ignatius and the New York Times‘ David Sanger, rumors that the United States is planning on offering Islamabad a “nuclear deal” have abounded. A U.S.-Pakistan deal would grant Pakistan access to civilian nuclear technology and access to global nuclear commerce in exchange for a freeze in the growth of Islamabad’s nuclear arsenal. There are a range of reasons why this would be a questionable move for the United States (Dhruva Jaishankar catalogues many of them over at Foreign Policy).

    Chaudhary clarified that no nuclear deal would come out of Sharif’s visit to Washington this week, but the Pakistani prime minister may well end up discussing the issue with Obama. Washington is understandably highly sensitive to the possibility of nuclear weapon use in South Asia and has historically worked with Pakistan to ensure that its nuclear arsenal remains out of the hands of terrorists. While U.S. intelligence has been aware of Pakistan’s development of tactical nuclear weapons for some time, having the country’s foreign secretary mention it before a state visit is a great way for Pakistan to emphasize the development. In essence, this is as much about signaling to the United States as it is to India over its potential war-fighting plans.

    Thus, for Sharif, Chaudhary’s remark on tactical nuclear weapons adds additional leverage to the Pakistani position should negotiations for a nuclear deal actually begin in earnest. A nuclear deal for Pakistan could end up being a non-starter, but clarifying the conditions for tactical nuclear weapon will only increase Washington’s anxieties about possible future conflicts in South Asia.


    Pakistan Clarifies Conditions for Tactical Nuclear Weapon Use Against India | The Diplomat
     
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    India is not that stupid yet to confront Pakistan again. Can't say the same about Modi's stupidity though. But i'm sure once he takes a dose of Chawanparash when he feels Hatim, he'll be fine after that.


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    This also comes after the US visit by Nawaz Sharif. Indians were using US to pressurise Pakistan to stop the deployment of these tactical nuclear weapons but this news clearly drains all their efforts into the toilet.
     
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    But india have no conditions for nuclear policies.
    Our policy is simple and straight, any use of nukes, tactical or low yield, india will only reply by using full scale nuclear attack, and wipe out the enemy country completely.
     
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    Will be interesting to see will india even use this simple straight policy or not

    My Opinion don't think so
     
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    Give it a try, you'll get answers.
     
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    Enjoy,the trillionth thread on tactical Nukes,with ultimate Troll Feasta by renowned PDF trolls.:coffee:
     
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    vice versa... it was pak who started war in past...
     
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    There is no way India can destroy Pakistan without being wiped away from the slate of the world. If india gets destroyed means the only hindu state from the face of the earth would be gone but if Pakistan gets destroyed (which is not possible inshaAllah), there are 1.5 billions Muslims and 54 Muslim countries. We are idol breakers and successors of Mehmood Ghaznavi. His holy mission will continue.
     
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    So lets be friends. Pak has tried its best but it has been proven again recently that India doesn't want peace with Pakistan.
    Indian argument is, destroy terror networks first. Ok if there's any then come to table first & talk about it face to face & find a solution of it. i'm sure we both countries will come to a point where we all agrees. but putting up demands before peace talks is silly.
    Its easy to troll & make jokes about Nuclear holocaust on enemy but from inside every sane Indian/Pakistani or humanbeing will not wish it for even their most hated adversary.


    Peace.
     
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    The nose cone of Nasr missile is only 25 Cm wide. Goes to show how much Pakistan has miniaturized their nukes.
     
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    We dont care about destroying Muslims. We only care about destroying Pakistan completely in such cases which is quite possible since it is a geographical entity. However same can not be said about your fetish of destroying Hindu from earth. There are millions of Hindu living outside India.

    So in short, if what you fantasize happens and both nationa are wiped out,
    Then there will be no Pakistan but there will be Hindus left.

    So our goal will be achieved and yours wont be.

    Now enjoy that thought.
     
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    First you give a try to test mighty Cold Start and you will know where it will take the situation, and remember Pakistan now have 2nd strike capability too. :D
     
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    It is actually vice versa after Pakistan is destroyed muslims are still there but after india is destroyed hindus are only a minorty in other people nations and what happens to minorty when there is no one to take stand for as power that we all know

    The reality of minority is that what is happening to parsis once they were mighty persian empire today no one raises much voice for them for not many of them are there and there is no parsi nation so for hindus there is only india and after india is done hinduism shall slowly perish with time as for muslims they are only spreading and there are many muslim countries so don't worry about pakistani's and now enjoy this thought

     
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    sO WHAT !! its better to face the death than surrendering to morons like you..
    Every person on this earth with evil intention has never been successfull. Who ever he/ she may be. where ever it is...his life never last long.
    1.5 billions muslims?
    Come on!! Do u know some place on earth called syria and iraq?
    How many people died there...Not to mentioned whom they pray..every where just mere destruction.destruction..
    And what other billions doing ?
    Instead of stopping they are Joining a scum society called ISIS..even from my country went..but few were deported back:undecided:
    Is it your holy war?
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