There has been a lot of talk in foreign media regarding Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities in recent weeks which according to some is the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world. These reports that have hinted that Pakistan continues to grow its nuclear arsenal are wide of the mark. The report regarding Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities was published earlier this year in August by an American think tank.
The report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center stated that Pakistan is rapidly expanding its nuclear capabilities owing to fear of India. These reports although passed of as research seems to be based on mere assumptions. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah had earlier categorically reject these reports, Qazi also highlighted the fact that these reports are an effort to divert the world’s attention from the Indian fissile material stockpiles that are growing exponentially. He also stated that as a nuclear state, Pakistan’s policy is characterised by utmost restraint and responsibility.
The Indian media seems particularly excited at the witch hunt targeting Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. There has also been talk recently that the United States is exploring the possibility of a deal that will put certain restrictions on Pakistan’s nuclear program. The Wall Street Journal has claimed that there will be talks on the said proposal during the coming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the United States. It is hard to see Pakistan bending to any such deal, as a responsible nuclear state Pakistan has always received global appreciation for not entering into a race with India. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also in a recent statement maintained that Pakistan would continue to maintain a minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are not against any one.
Pakistan’s nuclear program is only aimed at maintaining peace and stability in South Asia.