Nuclear Weapons: Pakistan has upper hand over India, SIPRI

Hamariweb  |  Jun 19, 2020

With China’slead in the region, Pakistan has the upper hand in the issue of nuclear weaponsand warheads against India.

According tothe Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Pakistan andChina have more nuclear warheads than India. SIPRI Air 2020 said that Pakistanhas more than 160 nuclear weapons and warheads compared to India. India alsoincreased its nuclear arsenal from 130-140 last year to 150 but still lagsbehind Pakistan. SIPRI is an independent international organization dedicatedto the study of conflict arm control, armaments, and disarmament.

“Thegovernments of India and Pakistan make statements about some of their missiletests but provide no information about the status or size of their arsenals,”the Stockholm-based think-tank said in its report.

The reportsays that China now reveals its nuclear arsenal more often than in the past,but releases little information about force numbers or future developmentplans.

Pakistan is on the sixth rank with 160 nuclear warheads among other nuclear countries.

It issignificantly smaller than other states’ nuclear weapons, but all states areeither developing or deploying new weapons systems or have announced theirintention to do so. China is in the midst of significant modernization andexpansion of its arsenal, and India and Pakistan are also consideringincreasing the size of their nuclear weapons.

At the beginning of 2020, the nine states, namely Israel, North Korea, United States, Russia, France, China, Britain, India, and Pakistan, had approximately 13,400 nuclear weapons, of which 3,720 were deployed with operational forces. About 18,800 of them have been placed on high operational alert.

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