By Musa Khan Jalalzai
The issue of nuclear, chemical and biological terrorism in South Asia has been the centre of debate in the international press since the establishment of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. The acquisition of chemical and biological weapons by IS has exacerbated the frustration of the international community that these weapons have fallen into the wrong hands. Pakistan is aware of the lethality of the group’s brutal tactics in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
The nominee for the chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, called for forging an "enduring partnership" with Pakistan to ensure regional stability as he testified at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 9.
And Conventional Deterrence
By Maimuna Ashraf
The two subcontinent nuclear powers, Pakistan and India, have been recently involved in a war of words and words of war which has reopened the debate on South Asia’s nuclear and strategic stability. Predominantly, three official statements from India in a scorching ‘June’ have further inflamed the traditional tensions between the two nuclear neighbors. Pragmatically, beyond the strained relations, statements also advocate few confines of military threats, limited war and conventional deterrence posture in the South Asian region.
India's conventional military superiority over Pakistan is exaggerated.
By Walter C. Ladwig III
Following a raid by Indian special forces into Myanmar early this month, increasing attention has been given to the prospect that India might use similar means against Pakistan to pressure it to end support for anti-Indian militant groups. India’s on-going military modernization and headline-grabbing increases in defense spending have already raised concerns that it threatens to upset the delicate conventional military balance in the region and make military action a more attractive prospect for New Delhi.
By Zachary Keck
The National Interest
Pakistan is ready to use nuclear weapons against India, a senior Pakistani official confirmed in the first week of July.
Appearing on the Pakistani television channel “Geo,” Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that Islamabad is willing to use nuclear weapons to ensure its survival.
‘The Most Dangerous Development in South Asia'
By Rashme Sehgal
If ever India loses its patience after repeated terror attacks and decides to retaliate against the terrorist camps, Pakistan may term that a conventional military attack and invoke the nuclear option.'
'This is a way to continue with terrorism without retaliation.'
Top nuclear scientist Dr R Rajaraman, emeritus professor of theoretical physics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, believes Pakistan's growing nuclear arsenal is a matter of great concern to India with the Nasr missile being of special concern.
By Musa Khan Jalalzai
The issue of nuclear terrorism in South Asia has become very complicated, as both India and Pakistan threaten each other with attack by nuclear weapons.
The continued nuclear weapons build up in India and Pakistan, while neither state abides by the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) or international and democratic oversight, is a threat to peace and stability of South Asia. The recent threats of using nuclear weapons against each other has prompted deep anxiety in the neighbouring states that the use of nuclear bomb would also affect their social, economic and health sectors.
By Sridhar Kumaraswami
The Asian Age
A leading US defence thinktank has referred to India’s latest Agni-VI intercontinental ballistic missile project and warned in a recent report that the competing missile technologies of India and its giant eastern neighbour China may “deepen nuclear competition between the two Asian nuclear powers”.
By Robert M. Hathaway
The Indian Express
The political class in Washington is consumed at the moment with parsing each clause in recent nuclear agreement with Iran for secret meanings, hidden loopholes and possible portents. That America would come to terms on a topic of such political and strategic sensitivity with a state long viewed with suspicion, if not outright antagonism, alarms some and angers others. Questions of who snookered whom abound. Sound familiar?
By Jayita Sarkar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France in April 2015 highlighted New Delhi’s burgeoning ties with Paris and underlined India’s attempts to diversify its defence purchases. It also re-emphasised the congruence that has existed between the two countries during most of the Cold War.
France has gradually emerged as a formidable technology supplier to India in all three strategic realms: defence, space and nuclear energy. India’s vast market and its appetite for advanced strategic technology make it rather attractive to France.