This article is all about Pakistan nuclear weapons and powers. Yes! you have read it right. Pakistan could emerge as the 5th largest nuclear weapon state very soon.
Pakistan first developed and tested the nuclear powers after the establishment of its first nuclear power plant near Karachi with the resources supplied by the other western countries. Pakistani President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto promised, “We will develop Nuclear stockpiles, even if we have to eat grass.”
According to various authors and journalists, who are searching and exploring various reports shows that Pakistan currently has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads and their stockpile is estimated to be about 220 to 250 by 2025 if the current trend continues.
Let’s Know About Pakistan Nuclear Weapons At A Glance…
★ Pakistan Nuclear Weapons Tests
As of March 2010, Pakistan is accepted to have between 90-120 atomic weapons. The determinations of its weapon creation are not revealed to the general population by Pakistan Government.
Pakistan had conducted various Nuclear testing series program in the past. The Nuclear testing arrangement programme refers to an active military programme coordinated towards the advancement of methods of experimenting nuclear forces and further examinations of the blast impacts.
There were six nuclear tests performed under this programme, with codename: Chagai-I and Chagai-II. This nuclear testing series is divided into Pakistan’s Chagai-I nuclear test series & Chagai-II nuclear test series accordingly…
Chagai-I nuclear weapon testing series was done as an underground tunnel test type at Ras Koh, Pakistan in the year 1998. A total of 5 devices were fired under this testing series.
Chagai-II nuclear weapon testing series was done as an underground shaft test type at Kharan Desert, Pakistan in the year 1998. Only a single device was fired under this testing series.
★ Pakistan Nuclear Test Reports
It was on May 28, 1998, Pakistan announced that it had successfully completed 5 nuclear tests. This has eventually generated an earthquake wave of 5.0 on the Richter scale.
Many other reports show that Pakistan has a nuclear weapon stockpiles such as medium-range ballistic missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, and aerial platforms. It is also believed to be developing tactical nuclear weapons.
Pakistan keeps on extending its atomic munitions stockpile with more warheads, more conveyance frameworks, and a developing materials industry.
A. Q. Khan research laboratory at Kahuta which is a uranium enrichment facility offers highly enriched uranium for Pakistan’s nuclear projects. In the early 1990s, Pakistan also began to pursue plutonium and tritium production capabilities as well for its nuclear projects. With such a rapid growth Pakistan’s stockpile growth may increase more over the upcoming years.
★ Pakistan Vs. Other Countries At Present
According to the Federation of American Scientists, these countries are estimated with the total nuclear warhead stockpile is shown below according to the most recent report. You can see the current known position of Pakistan as compared to the other top nuclear power countries in the graph below.
It is also to be known that there are eight sovereign states that have effectively destructive and detonated nuclear weapons. Five are considered to be Nuclear-Weapon States (NWS) under the terms of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons(NPT). For more information regarding this, also read this article here (All You Should Know About The Countries With Nuclear Weapons)…
Regarding NPT or the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is referred to that international treaty whose goal is to keep the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons innovation, to advance participation in the peaceful uses of nuclear vitality, and to promote the objective of achieving nuclear disarmament.
And so, accordingly the countries with nuclear weapons are divided as–
- The five nuclear-weapon countries under the NPT which are United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, and China.
- Countries with Non-NPT nuclear powers are India, Pakistan, and North Korea.
- The country with undeclared nuclear powers is Israel.
★ Pakistan Nuclear Weapons Quantity
As of now, it is still a matter of curiosity for everyone around the world. A very few people may only know about the exact quantity and list of Pakistan nuclear weapons as because Pakistan government does not reveal their nuclear stockpile to the open world. And, so the exact data cannot be known so easily. It can only be estimated by the various authors and journalists by having a quick look over the country’s resources and stuff.
A viral speech sometimes goes trending, It is “Pakistan Drives Its Nuclear Missiles Around In Unmarked Vans.”
Yes, you have read it right. Most nations keep the areas of their nuclear weapons a deep secret hidden from other countries and general masses. Pakistan has taken that to an extreme level. They are driving their atomic weapons around the nation in plain non-military personnel style vehicles, with no recognizable resistances, working in occupied avenues in the ordinary stream of traffic.
So, after reading this you can just find out why it is not so easy to determine the exact data regarding Pakistan nuclear weapons.