As a hedge against India’s proactive war strategies, Pakistan’s National Command Authority fine-tuned its nuclear doctrine and has formulated a more comprehensive response, known as full spectrum deterrence. This paper examines the contours of Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine to assess its effectiveness in maintaining strategic stability. A comprehensive analysis of primary and secondary sources, including official statements, policy documents, and scholarly works, evaluates how Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine has effectively deterred potential threats and preserved regional stability. The ambit of the paper also includes the comparison of “full spectrum deterrence” with “integrated deterrence” to exhibit the dynamic nature and importance of a nuclear doctrine in the evolving threat environment. The findings of this research contribute to the understanding of Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine and provide insights into its effectiveness in building strategic stability in South Asia.
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Publication Link : https://journal.ciss.org.pk/index.php/ciss-insight/article/view/245