What Indo-Pak nuclear war means?
- The costs are prohibitive
New Delhi: Defence experts warn the political establishments that the costs of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would be prohibitive. This was done in the backdrop of the warning issued by Pakistan government that any aggression by India would lead to nuclear war. Even in India, an armed option has been talked about and a BJP MP called for nuclear strike by India.
According to Abheet Singh Sethi‘s piece published by the Firstpost, if India and Pakistan fought a war detonating 100 nuclear warheads (about half of their combined arsenal), each equivalent to a 15-Kiloton Hiroshima bomb, more than 21 million people will be directly killed., about half the world’s protective ozone layer would be destroyed, and a !nuclear winter’ would cripple the monsoons and agriculture worldwide.
BJP Rajya Sabha Member Dr Subramanian Swamy said on 23 September 2016 that if 100 million Indians died in a Pakistani nuclear attack, India’s retaliation would wipe out Pakistan. But actual costs would be beyond India and Pakistan. Within the first week of the nuclear blast 21 million people, half of the casualties in World War-2, would be killed.
So far, Pakistan’s nuclear ability has been deterring India from retaliating the terror attacks from Pakistan. Pakistan’s Defence Minister. Khwaja M Asif had said the other day in response to threats of retaliation from India, ‘If Pakistan’s security is threatened, we will not hesitate in using tactical (nuclear) weapons’. The surgical strike undertaken by India must be a calculated risk.