India, Pakistan Tactical Arms Race Is Very Risky, New Report Says | idrw.org SOURCE: Global Security Newswire An ongoing competition between India and Pakistan to acquire shorter-range atomic-missile capabilities is raising the likelihood of a nuclear exchange on the Indian subcontinent, a new report by a British think-tank concluded on Thursday. The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies found that â€œthe continuing expansion of Pakistanâ€™s and Indiaâ€™s nuclear capabilities â€¦ create ever greater concern about an intensifying nuclear arms race in South Asia,â€ Reuters reported. Pakistanâ€™s newly developed short-range nuclear-capable Hatf 9 ballistic missile can be equipped with lower-yield nuclear warheads. It is understood to be aimed at deterring a conventional incursion into Pakistani territory by Indian soldiers. Meanwhile, India sees its new supersonic Brahmos cruise missile as giving it a considerable advantage over Pakistan in a potential conflict. Versions of the missile are thought to be nuclear-capable, according to previous reports. Were Islamabad to use tactical-nuclear weapons to repel an invading Indian force, there would be serious negative repercussions for Pakistan itself, the yearly IISS strategic assessment pointed out. â€œIn such a scenario, parts of Pakistanâ€™s densely populated agricultural heartland could become a nuclear wasteland,â€ Reuters quoted from the report. The think tank urged Islamabad and New Delhi to enhance their bilateral communications in order to reduce the chances of a strategic miscalculation in a time of heated tensions. The last time the sitting heads of the Pakistani and Indian armies met with each other was in 1949. The two longtime rivalsâ€™ foreign ministers will likely hold talks on Friday in preparation for a potential meeting between their prime ministers on the margins of the upcoming U.N. General Assembly meeting. =================================================== This report, along with this is setting up a weird precedence by so called global analysts Is this Pakistan apologist Kerry's doing?