21 Mar '17, 1pm

India could strike Pakistan with nuclear weapons if threatened

India could strike Pakistan with nuclear weapons if threatened

In what would be a notable reversal of its well-known no-first use policy, India could launch a preemptive first strike against Pakistan if it feared that a nuclear attack was imminent, a leading nuclear strategist has said. However, this attack by India will not aim at urban areas and conventional targets, but against Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal to pre-empt a nuclear attack altogether, Hindustan Times cited the strategist as saying in its report. “There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first,” said Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at a conference on nuclear policy hosted by Carnegie, a think tank. “India’s opening salvo may not be conventional strikes trying to pick off just Nasr batteries (launch vehicles for Pakistan’s tactical battlefield nuclear warheads) in the theatre, but a full ‘compre...

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