China Fuels the Pakistani Nuclear Horn

GETTYPakistan have been buying nuclear weapons from China it has been revealed

The revelations come as tensions between India and Pakistan are rising, risking a full blown conflict between the two neighbours.Pakistan’s decision to invest in its nuclear capabilities during such a volatile moment in its diplomatic relations with India has caused concern.

China declassified the information regarding the sales this week, but it is uncertain when the transfer took place.

However, it is already known Pakistan has been testing its nuclear capabilities for over a year.

 

Last March, the head of the Defence Intelligence Agency stated Islamabad had “conducted the first test launch of its nuclear-capable ‘Ababeel’ ballistic missile, demonstrating South Asia’s first multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) payload.”According to the Arms Control Association Pakistan is pro-actively looking to increase its nuclear stock.

They said the nation is “pursuing new ballistic missile, cruise missile and sea-based nuclear delivery systems”.

The group estimated the Asian country has a nuclear warhead stockpile of approximately 130 to 140.

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They also admitted the increase in nuclear stock was a direct consequence of rising tensions with New Delhi.The Arms Control Association said: “Pakistan has lowered the threshold for nuclear weapon use by developing tactical nuclear weapon capabilities to counter perceived Indian conventional military threats.”

Heavy exchanges of shelling on the contested border, known as the Line of Control (LoC), have increased over the past 12 months.

The Indo-Pakistani Wars of 1947 and 1965 both revolved around competing claims for the area.

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Both countries have accused the other of being responsible.There are fears the tensions could cause a rift across the whole region with countries in Asia picking sides in the conflict.

The United Nations have encouraged the pair to engage in talks as part of a desperate plea for the violence on the border to be de-escalated.

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