N-deterrence helped de-escalate tensions during Pulwama crisis: Pak official

N-deterrence helped de-escalate tensions during Pulwama crisis: Pak official

Nuclear deterrence led to the de-escalation of tensions during the post-Pulwama military stand-off between India and Pakistan, a senior official associated with Pakistan's nuclear programme said here Friday.

Brigadier Zahir Kazmi, Director General Arms Control andDisarmament Affairs at Strategic Plans Division (SPD) told journalists that thestated purpose of deterrence was to close space for war and bring states to thenegotiating table.

"Stability actually means peaceful resolution ofterritorial disputes in the subcontinent… Nuclear deterrence should be afactor of stability between Pakistan and Hindustan," The Express Tribunequoted him as saying during a media interaction with senior Pakistani officialsdealing with strategic affairs.

Brig Kazmi said deterrence worked during the post-Pulwamamilitary stand-off despite India's attempt to escalate to a different level bytalking about mobilisation of nuclear missile and nuclear submarines.

He clarified that deterrence was not an end in itself but apsychological state.

"It should inspire fear in which the perceived cost ofdeterrence breakdown is higher than the desired benefits of preferring war asan instrument for dispute resolution," the report quoted him as saying.The Director General Arms Control andDisarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Muhammad Kamran Akhtar said thatPakistan demonstrated a more responsible and restrained behaviour during theIndo-Pakistan standoff that led to de-escalation.

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