Pakistan to Emerge as World’s 5th Largest Nuclear Weapons State: Report

Our neighbor Pakistan currently has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads and the stockpile is likely to increase by 220 to 250 by the year 2025 if the current trend continues, says the latest report by authors tracking Islamabad’s nuclear weaponry.

The current estimate of 140 to 150 nuclear weapons exceeds the projection made by the US Defense Intelligence Agency in 1999, that Pakistan would have 60 to 80 warheads by 2020.

Hans M Kristensen, the lead author, is the director of the Nuclear Information Project with the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in Washington, DC.

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, the report said.

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