Pakistan Nuclear Warheads To Skyrocket Until 2025
“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”, - J. Robert Oppenheimer, shortly after the first atomic detonation during the Trinity test in New Mexico on July 16th 1945. The words are transcribed from the Bhagavad Gita, but a more fitting exclamation could not have been made at the time. For little did Oppenheimer know that the Manhattan Project he worked so tirelessly for, would bring to fruition nothing but death and destruction the likes of which are only surpassed by the extinction level event that erased the dinosaurs from existence.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki might have been pivotal in putting an end to WWII, but the sheer magnitude of human and environmental decimation they wrought will be seared in history as some of the lowest points of human existence for all eternity. 70 years on, developed nations with nuclear capabilities have put a cap on armament production, while developing nations of the world still find themselves in a nuclear race rat to have the biggest arsenal amongst their lot of geopolitical rivals. That being said, the trend of nuclear disarmament is still on the rise globally. Even North Korean president, Kim Jong Un, has declared that he wants a denuclearized Korean Peninsula by early 2021, according to South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong.
But in a recent report published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, it is being speculated that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could grow from the current estimate of 150 warheads to almost 250 within the next 7 years. This rise would be in direct proportion to other South Asian countries increasing their stockpiles as well, as it is the convention to maintain armament numbers to serve as a deterrent to possible belligerents. The report further goes to elaborate that Pakistan is expanding its uranium enrichment and plutonium production capabilities, along with ICBM delivery systems, to name a few. If these speculations prove to be true, Pakistan would become the fifth-largest nuclear weapon state in the world.