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Old December 21st, 2015, 08:14 AM
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Why has India suddenly resumed talks with Pakistan:The big power of little Nasr....

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December 19, 2015, 4:20 PM IST Sunil Sharan in Strategic Insights | India, World | TOI
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Aah, you little beauty, you little Nasr, you have finally brought two major powers to their knees, and that too without firing a single shot.
Out there in the US, there is real consternation that this micro-mini Pakistani tactical nuke will fall into the hands of jihadis who would then use it against the American mainland. Washington has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in securing Pakistan’s big, strategic nukes but to the Nasr it has no answers. Why?
Because the Nasr is a javelin-like structure, deployed in the battlefield against tanks, and under the operational command of a brigadier. Think of how many brigadiers there are in Pakistan’s seven hundred thousand-strong army— two hundred, three hundred, five hundred— and that would be the number of tiny Nasrs floating about in the battlefield.
Pakistani army is steeped in religion. Its soldiers are indoctrinated as ghazis— warriors of the faith— against the infidel, Hindu India. Its forces have time and again been caught with jihadi tendencies, whether it is the PNS Mehran attack or the arrest of the radicalised Brigadier Ali Khan. Its leadership has emphasized that its force is free of jihadi strains but the world at large has remained unconvinced.
A dirty bomb, small enough to smuggle in a suitcase, is America’s worst nightmare. Until now it was assumed that that terrorists did not have the wherewithal to put one together. But Pakistan has solved their problem for them. All a jihadi officer has to do is smuggle the little Nasr to a terrorist and there you have it, America’s worst nightmare will come true.
On bended knees, America is imploring Pakistan to get rid of the Nasrs. But Pakistan must have its pound of flesh. Washington is abuzz with a civilian nuclear deal for the Pakistanis. The contours are faint but it seems to involve access to nuclear technology, as well as membership of the nuclear suppliers group, a facility not yet afforded India.
Pakistan insists that the Nasrs are safe and are only for use against India were the latter to implement its Cold Start Doctrine: a rapid ingress of armoured forces into Pakistan, the destruction of a few jihadi camps, and then a steep withdrawal back into India. But so high is the risk associated with a potential leak of the Nasr, that Washington has put pressure on India to talk to Pakistan about Kashmir.
An India that was only willing to talk terror with Pakistan has within the space of a couple of weeks turned turtle to not only talk Kashmir but all aspects of the relationship. Oh, how the Pakistani military must be gloating.
So the little Nasr has paid off in spades for Pakistan. It has almost swung an energy deal for it, and brought India down to its knees in discussing Kashmir. It is not for the first time that Pakistan has run circles around India. In 1989, India backed the wrong horse in Afghanistan and Pakistan was able to send scores of jehadis into Kashmir. This time round too, India’s Afghan policy seems weak, with Pakistan holding many an ace. The fiasco at Kargil needs no further recounting.
What allows a much smaller nation like Pakistan to push India around? Firstly, a career in the Pakistani armed forces is prized. The best brains in Pakistan want to become a military officer. In return, the state guarantees them cradle to grave welfare, making a military career worth their while. In India though, army officers are treated shabbily. Witness their humiliation over one rank one pension. The Indian armed forces face a current lacuna of 10,000 officers. In a million man force, that is one officer per 100 men. The quality of officers who join, sad to say, are not in the strategic league of their Pakistani counterparts.
Until such time that the Indian government realizes its follies, and restores the sheen of the armed forces, developments like the little Nasr will hem us in, both militarily, as well as diplomatically.

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes...e-little-nasr/
As I have said before the Pakistani Army must be congratulated for having better strategic vision than the Indian one.

But make no mistake, one of these things go off, accidentally or otherwise, the missiles will fly.
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I must say that one of these tactical nukes have a greater chance of being seized by a terrorist group and used against Pakistan itself. But that would still mean nothing in terms of Indian response to it. In the short term, Pakistan has won this round, in the long run, it may have just cut its own throat. Expect nothing to work in Pakistan and so will the its army's chain of command fail when it comes to control of these nukes.

It seems like a nuclear war between India and Pakistan is growing all the more inevitable.
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It seems like a nuclear war between India and Pakistan is growing all the more inevitable.
In real life it is hardly possible.

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