Arms race between rivals India and Pakistan, and nuclear treaty between India and US is pushing nuclear arms race in South Asia.
Jeremy Khan at The Faster Times says,
“…U.S. could be doing a lot more to persuade India and Pakistan to take measures that might lessen the chance of a nuclear exchange if the two countries do become involved in a conventional military conflict, as they have numerous times in the past. For instance, it would be very useful if they each articulated a clear nuclear defense doctrine. It would also be good if the two nations shared far more information with one another about their nuclear defenses so that signs would not be misinterpreted during a crisis. Getting Islamabad to agree to a “no first use” policy would be a huge step too (although Islamabad would be unlikely to agree to such a measure.)”
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I don’t understand how Khan thinks that it would be possible to make Pakistan understand that sharing information/good relationship with India is a good security strategy. Pakistan is technically a pseudo military/fundamentalist dictatorship. Yes there are elections in the country and et al but look what happened to Benazir Bhutto? She was killed by the Islamists and what about corruption? Only when the people of Pakistan are given the opportunity to decide for their country will there be any peace between India and Pakistan.
As long as Pakistan is a fake democracy, they will abuse their status as nuclear power nation to engage in meaningless quarrels with India and push South Asia’s arms race.