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Pakistan's tactical nuclear weapons alert the world

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

11-03-2015 10:35 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington DC on Oct.22 and admitted the nation has developed and deployed tactical nuclear weapons for use in a potential war. The news had aroused wide concerns from the international community. Yet, what signals does it send?

After the end of the Cold War, the international community has paid great attention to the containment and restriction of weapons of mass destruction. In 1998, India and Pakistan had become nuclear powers.

Over the years, the two countries have accelerated research on the transformation of nuclear devices to nuclear weapons. Pakistan has already announced its possession of tactical nuclear weapons.

It signifies that South Asia remains in a state of military confrontation. India and Pakistan are two of several countries that have long-strained relations with a low-intensity arms race. India first conducted a nuclear test in 1998 and Pakistan followed suit.

Either party tried to take one step forward in military development. Since a nuclear weapon is the priority issue for the US, Pakistan had informed Washington of its tactical nuclear weapons to remind the world of the state of military confrontation in South Asia.

Pakistan can deal with pressures from India. New Delhi has already researched tactical nuclear weapons and deployed them on the border. India's move had broken a military balance in South Asia, and damaged nuclear balance between India and Islamabad.

New Delhi proposed the "cold boot", featuring "quick" fight in the war. Accordingly, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif informed Obama of its development of tactical nuclear weapons in person to tell the U.S. that it was adopted to deal with India's military. Islamabad can keep a tactical nuclear balance and maintain its national security.

Islamabad can captivate America's attention to Pakistan. Since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office in 2014, India has expanded its purchases of American weaponry and the military alliance between New Delhi and Washington has strengthened. Pakistan believes the US pays more attention to India than Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Islamabad still plays an essential role in America's South Asia strategy to combat terrorism in Afghanistan.


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