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By Mark Fitzpatrick

ISBN-10: 1138796670

ISBN-13: 9781138796676

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal – the quickest starting to be on the earth – increases issues on many grounds. even supposing faraway from the size of the chilly struggle, South Asia is experiencing a strategic hands race. And the extra guns there are, the extra capability for robbery, sabotage and nuclear terrorism. concerns that Pakistan’s nuclear-weapons know-how may possibly back be transferred to nuclear aspirants haven't been expunged. Being outdoors the nuclear membership makes it tougher to make sure nuclear security. Of gravest situation is the potential of a nuclear battle, caused through one other large-scale terrorist assault in India with Pakistani country fingerprints as within the 2008 Mumbai atrocity, this time by way of an Indian military reprisal. reducing the nuclear threshold, Pakistan has vowed to discourage this with newly brought battlefield nuclear guns.

Mark Fitzpatrick evaluates all the capability nuclear hazards, giving credits the place credits is due. figuring out the hazards of nuclear terrorism and nuclear injuries, Pakistani specialists have taken applicable steps. Pakistan and India supply much less awareness, notwithstanding, to attractive one another at the concerns that may spark a nuclear conflict. the writer argues that to lessen the nuclear hazards, Pakistan could be provided a formulation for nuclear legitimacy, tied to its adopting guidelines linked to international nuclear norms.

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Blame was quickly laid on LeT. The general perception within India was that Pakistan had failed to live up to, or even ignored, the promises made by Musharraf. 49 The fact that Pakistan had just released the LeT leader from house arrest, promising to keep him under surveillance, further incited Indian anger. Three successive Pakistani ballisticmissile tests during the last week of May did little to reduce mounting tensions. By the end of May, the two sides appeared to be on the brink of armed conflict.

With the positioning of two Indian forces so close to the border and the LoC, Pakistan feared a two-pronged Indian attack. During the third stage of Brasstacks in late 1986, Rawalpindi began its own military exercises, which were common during the winter months. However, the Pakistani manoeuvres, which also took place close to the border, were perceived by New Delhi as provocative and triggered Indian defensive positioning. The crisis reached its apogee in January 1987 with 340,000 troops deployed along the border/LoC and military-to-military communication severed by the deactivation of the hotline between the directors general of military operations.

Nuclear Cooperation with India’, p. 13. 95 Quoted in Sumit Ganguly and S. Paul Kapur, India, Pakistan, and the Bomb: Debating Nuclear Stability in South Asia (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), pp. 77–78. 96 Adil Sultan, ‘South Asian StabilityInstability Paradox: An Alternate Perspective’, unpublished paper, 2013, p. 15. 97 Nawaz Sharif, ‘Nuclear bombs provide deterrence against external aggression’, Economic Times of India, 19 June 2013. 98 Adil Sultan, ‘Pakistan’s emerging nuclear posture: impact of drivers and technology on nuclear doctrine’, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, 17 April 2012, p.

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