Pakistan and the Nasr missile: Searching for a method in the madness

A. H. Nayyar, Zia Mian

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Abstract

Pakistan's nuclear planners have sought to develop and plan deployment of the short-range Nasr tactical missile to deliver nuclear weapons against advancing Indian armoured forces. This article explores the limited utility of the use of tactical nuclear weapons which could still prove to be catastrophic by triggering the escalation of a conventional conflict into nuclear war. An alternative could be that Pakistan and India revive the idea first proposed by India in 1949 and 1950 of a No-War Agreement. The actions forbidden could include support for cross-border militancy and military incursions across the border, as well as subversion, blockades, and disruption of river waters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-66
Number of pages5
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Volume50
Issue number39
StatePublished - Sep 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Political Science and International Relations

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