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Pakistan admits to India’s conventional war superiority

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In case you need a translation of operational parts of the video above, the Hindu obliges:

Pakistan cannot afford to match the induction of modern weaponry by India, which possibly has a greater capacity to sustain a war, Pakistani Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar has said.

“If we only try to match them (India) militarily and buy the sort of armament which they have, we will probably not be able to afford it,” Mr. Mukhtar said.

Explaining his contention, he noted that India’s economy is “six to seven times bigger than” Pakistan’s and its trade volumes were “five to six times greater.”

“The capacity of India and Pakistan to fight was for 20 to 22 days. Now India has inducted a lot of armaments, may be they can last for 45 days, we will not be able to do so,” Mr. Mukhtar said in an interview to BBC Urdu.

He was responding to a question on whether the projection of India as Pakistan’s greatest enemy was the root of the country’s problems.

This verifies all previous knowledge of the facts in India and Pakistan’s military capabilities. Follow up by reading this interview with A. Q. Khan in the Spiegel:

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Could a nuclear war between India and Pakistan ever even be won by either of the countries?

Khan: Pakistan was forced to go nuclear in response to the Indian tests and political aggression. The deterrence of nuclear weapons lies in the fact that both sides know that the other can retaliate in kind. Had Japan had nuclear weapons during World War II, the Americans never would have dared to use theirs. There has not been a war in Europe since 1945 …

SPIEGEL ONLINE: … other than the Balkan wars …

Khan: … and there has not been one between India and Pakistan since 1971. The Kargil skirmishes were localized and the issue of the use of nuclear weapons never arose. We may be naive, but we are not idiots. Both sides know what the consequences would be.

Conventional war superiority is not of much use when both sides possess nuclear arms and can remove 5 to 6 of the main cities of the enemy from the map.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

June 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

Posted in India, Pakistan, war

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