Military Strategies of India and Pakistan: A Perspective


  • Dr. Zulfqar Khan


India, Pakistan, Nuclear, Deterrence, Draft Nuclear Doctrine (DND), NFU, War, Strategy


The paper argues that India-Pakistan’s crafting of escalatory strategies against each other is dangerously destabilizing the strategic stability and deterrence matrix of South Asia. While the geostrategic transformation has accorded India a critical role under the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy to contain the rise of China. Most significantly, India’s conventional and nuclear strategy appears to be aggressive and, on the other hand, Pakistan has crafted a highly reactive “full spectrum” nuclear strategy too to inflict a severe punishment upon rival with aim to deter India from either coercing or imposing a limited war particularly in the wake of restructuring of its nuclear No First Use (NFU) policy. Pakistan’s volatility coupled with India’s restructuring of nuclear policy is a sure recipe for catastrophic disaster either by doing “crazy things,” “firing nuclear shots,” or by displaying “will” to strike first?


Bibliography Entry

Khan, Dr. Zulfqar. 2021. "Military Strategies of India and Pakistan: A Perspective." Strategic Thought (3): 126-146.




How to Cite

Khan, D. Z. . (2021). Military Strategies of India and Pakistan: A Perspective. Strategic Thought, 3, 126–146. Retrieved from



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