Chances Of India-Pakistan Conventional War Inconceivable Due To Mutually Assured Destruction: Expert

The chances of a conventional war between India and Pakistan was inconceivable due to Islamabad’s “robust nuclear capability” and policy of “Full Spectrum Deterrence”, a Pakistani strategic expert said today. “The era of conventional hot wars is behind us. India can generate as much heat as it likes on Line of Control including phantom surgical strikes from time to time, which in any case would be strongly retaliated by Pakistan,” Adviser National Command Authority Lt Gen (retd.) Khalid Kidwai said. Speaking at the 6th Workshop on ‘Defence, Deterrence and Stability in South Asia’ here, Kidwai credited the reduction in chances of convention war to Pakistan’s “robust nuclear capability” and the policy of “Full Spectrum Deterrence”.

“Because of mutually assured destruction, there is unlikelihood of a hot war or a conventional war and therefore the conflict has shifted towards sub-conventional level. As of now, that could be seen in full play at our Western borders,” Gen Kidwai said. He also explained the salient features of the ‘Full Spectrum Deterrence’ policy, which envisages possession of a full range of nuclear weapons that could reach every part of the Indian territory; having enough yield and numbers to deter rival from its policy of massive retaliation; and having liberty of picking targets.  Read More…

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