Pakistan's nuclear weapons history
- Pakistan had started its nuclear program on 20 January 1972 under the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in response to India's development of its nuclear programme in 1967.
- Pak conducted its first successful nuclear weapon test 28 May 1988 becoming the seventh country in the world to successfully develop and test nuclear weapons.
- The country's Shaheen-III had a maximum missile range of 2,750km.
Pak nuke arsenal fastest growing: US think tank
23 Nov 2014
- A US think tank had said that Pakistan's nuclear programme was growing the fastest.
- It claimed that the country would be able to produce 200 nuclear weapons by 2020.
- The report said that Pakistan was developing 11 delivery systems for its nuclear warheads, including aircraft, and cruise missiles.
- The Islamic nation's concern was that US may launch military operation to disarm its nuclear weapons.
Infographic says India has less nukes than Pak
10 Mar 2015
- Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a nontechnical online magazine had claimed through an infographic that Pakistan had 120 nuclear weapons, while India had 110.
- The infographic also said that there were 65,000 nuclear weapons in 1980, but the number had reduced to about 10,000 in 2015.
- According to it, US and Russia possessed 5000 weapons each, while France and China had 300 and 250 respectively.
Pak ready to use nukes if needed: Musharraf
11 Jun 2015
- Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf accused India of hostile behavior.
- Musharraf said that India had a preplanned strategy to denuclearize Pakistan.
- He said that Pakistan did not wish to use nuclear weapons but if India became a threat to Pakistan's existence, they would be forced to use them.
- The Former President had asked Pakistan's PM Sharif to respond to India's threat aggressively.
US-Pakistan may discuss nuke deal
15 Oct 2015
- The Obama government was exploring a deal to limit Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
- America was concerned that Pakistan might be on the verge of deploying a small tactical nuclear weapon.
- Experts expressed their skepticism that Pakistan is ready to put any such limitation on nuclear weapons.
- They said that Pakistan considered nukes their national pride and the only defence against India in case of war.
Pak says no nuke deal with US
19 Oct 2015
- Pakistan had denied that any deal to limit their nuclear weapons was being made with US.
- Foreign office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said that US had not made any such demands.
- Sharif said to a newspaper that his policies were directed at preserving, protecting and promoting Pakistan's national interests.
- He claimed he would not accept any such demands from any country.
Pak confesses battlefield nukes ready
20 Oct 2015
- Ahead of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's meet with US President Barack Obama on October 21, Pakistan defended their development and deployment of tactical battlefield nuclear weapons.
- They said it was aimed at preventing any traditional attack through New Delhi's so-called ''Cold Start'' doctrine.
- Pakistan's foreign secretary had blamed India for creating a gap in the traditional capabilities of the two countries.
What is cold start doctrine?
Cold Start is a military doctrine developed by the Indian Armed Forces for use in a possible war with Pakistan. It involves the various branches of India's military conducting offensive operations as part of unified battle groups.
US asks Pak to reduce nuke arsenal
1 Mar 2016
- The US asked Pakistani officials to reduce the country's growing nuclear arsenal; however, Islamabad refused to accept any curbs citing Pakistan's regional constraints.
- Citing the example of the US and Russia which are working to further reduce their nuclear arsenals, John Kerry asked Pakistani officials to review its nuclear policy.
- Pakistan added that any proposal for nuclear arms reduction should include India as well.
Pak nukes may go to terrorists: US study
22 Mar 2016
- The prestigious Harvard Kennedy School released a report stating that there is a high risk of Pakistan's nuclear weapons falling into the hands of extremists.
- The report, titled 'Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: Continuous Improvement or Dangerous Decline?' was released ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.
- The report also warned that a possible collapse of the Pakistan government could not be ruled out.
For first time, Pakistan admits its mini-nukes only to deter conventional Indian attack - Times of India
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