Monday, October 26, 2015

The end of “cold-start doctrine”

India’s “cold-start doctrine” has been shoved into the dustbin of history by Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons. Pakistani Foreign Secretary, Aizaz Chaudhry said, “our nuclear programme is one dimensional: stopping Indian aggression before it happens. It is not for starting a war. It is for deterrence”.

India has developed a capability by drastically reducing the time to launch an offensive against Pakistan. Thus India has “created a space for war” through its “cold-start doctrine” according to Mr. Chaudhry.

“Our argument is, when you are a nuclear power, you do not create spaces for war. War is no more an option,” Mr. Chaudhry said. “We have plugged the gap India had created. We have the right to do so.”

Pakistan has made it clear to India and rest of the world that it wants peace and prosperity in the region. Pakistan has also proposed a nuclear free Subcontinent. On May 4, 2003, President Pervez Musharraf proposed a nuclear-free subcontinent but India refused to accept a nuclear free Subcontinent. India also rejected Pakistan’s offers for “No War Pact” in 1981, 1998 and September 2000.

India should realize the fact that Pakistan is an independent and a very strong country. The dream of India to treat Pakistan as a puppet state cannot be materialized. Indian dreams of dominance are buried along the “cold-start doctrine”.