Soon, Pakistan will be in the list of Nuclear State currently it has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads and the stockpile is expected to increase to 220 to 250 if the current trend continues, predicted reports by authors keeping a track of the country’s nukes. According to the projection made by the US Defence Intelligence Agency in 1999 that Pakistan would have 60 to 80 warheads by 2020 but as per the current estimate it has 140 to 150 nuclear weapons.
In the Report S Norris, Julia Diamond, and Hans M Kristensen has revealed on the note of ‘Pakistan nuclear forces 2018’: “We estimate that the country’s stockpile could more realistically grow to 220 to 250 warheads by 2025 if the current trend continues. If that happens, it would make Pakistan the world’s fifth largest nuclear state”.
With internal sources, it comes to Know that Mr. Kristensen, the lead author, is the director of the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in Washington, DC.
The report “With several delivery systems in development, four plutonium production reactors, and its uranium enrichment facilities expanding, however, Pakistan has a stockpile that will likely increase further over the next 10 years”.
“ It is an analysis of a large number of commercial satellite images of Pakistani army garrisons and air force bases shows what appear to be mobile launchers and underground facilities that might be related to nuclear forces”
The report mentioned, “ Over the past decade, the US assessment of nuclear weapons security in Pakistan appears to have changed considerably from confidence to concern, particularly as a result of the introduction of tactical nuclear weapons”. It is said that Pakistan continues to expand its nuclear arsenal with more warheads, more delivery systems, and a growing fissile materials production industry. The report also noticed “ the efforts seek to create a full- spectrum deterrent that is designed not only to respond to nuclear attacks but also to counter an Indian conventional incursion into Pakistani territory”.
The author also mentioned in a report that “ if the estimate increase every year then speculation that Pakistan may become the world’s third largest nuclear weapon state-with a stockpile of some 350 warheads a decade from now- are, we believe, exaggerated, not least because that would require a buildup two to three times faster than the growth rate over the past two decades.”