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US thinktank raises concerns over Pak nuke threat to India

Congressional Research Service ( CRS)), the US Congress’s bipartisan thinktank for legal and political analysis, has warned in its latest report on Pakistan’s nuclear programme that growing asymmetry in Indo-Pak conventional military capabilities could lead Islamabad to lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons.

The report says the Pakistani government may consider fielding lower-yield nuclear weapons to increase the credibility of its nuclear deterrent vs. Indian conventional military operations.

“In addition to making qualitative and quantitative improvements to its nuclear arsenal, Pakistan could increase the number of circumstances under which it would be willing to use its nuclear weapons,” says the report titled, Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation and Security Issues.

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