Addressing a conference on ‘Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Stability in South Asia’ hosted by the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Adviser to the National Command Authority (NCA) Lt Gen (retd) Khalid Kidwai also said that Pakistan will remain unfazed as it has adequate response options that would disallow any disturbance of the strategic balance or strategic stability.
He said Pakistan would not follow India in developing a defence system against ballistic missiles because it found little value in such systems, but would continue to seek to redress the imbalances caused by India’s moves
“Much hype has been created around this particular technology induction and some have gone to the extent of calling it a game changer for South Asia,” he said, adding that “this was wrong”.
Lt Gen Kidwai said Pakistan had already possessed “cost-effective solutions” to take care of India’s BMD in the shape of MIRV (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle) and four
The NCA adviser also said Pakistan had long ago taken “conscious decision” of not developing an anti-ballistic missile system because of the reasons that remain valid even today.
He maintained that Pakistan’s response to India’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant too could be found in full spectrum deterrence, which implied possession of a full array of strategic tactical and operational weapons, having appropriate weapons yield, coverage and numbers, and liberty to choose targets