"The declaration of TNW doctrine confirms that Pakistan has drastically changed its nuclear posture against India."Critically discuss.

Tactical Nuclear Weapons (TNW) produces low scale explosions in comparison to Strategic Nuclear Weapons. Pakistan developed TNW to counter India’s Cold Start Strategy in case of war with India.
The declaration of TNW policy confirms that Pakistan has drastically changed its nuclear posture against India. Earlier Pakistan viewed the nuclear weapons as a last resort to deter a possible nuclear attack by India. The main motive behind this policy is to dissuade India from conventional retaliation. Basically, Pakistan wants to send across strong signals worldwide including India that they should not retaliate even if there are Mumbai like attacks. Pakistan assumes that it can fight ‘a limited war’ and can win over India by using TNWs. With this declaration it wants to show to the world that it is secure from any sort of attacks from India or any other country. Its actual security would lie in not creating nuclear weapons but by ensuring that Pakistan’s territory is nit use to launch any terror attacks. Because, no war can be a limited war as Pakistan presumes. It will always create casualties in all the nations who are involved in the war. (191 words)

Question for UPSC Mains:
“The declaration of TNW doctrine confirms that Pakistan has drastically changed its nuclear posture against India.” Critically discuss.

Published: March 17, 2016 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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