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Pakistan has world’s fastest growing nuclear programme: US think tank

Updated Nov 24, 2014 09:25pm

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Report says that by 2020, Pakistan could have a fissile material stockpile sufficient to produce more than 200 nuclear weapons - Photo: ISPR
Report says that by 2020, Pakistan could have a fissile material stockpile sufficient to produce more than 200 nuclear weapons - Photo: ISPR

Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme capable of weaponising up to 200 nuclear devices by the year 2020, a US-based think tank says in a recently released report.

“Pakistan...is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.

“By 2020, Pakistan could have a fissile material stockpile sufficient to produce more than 200 nuclear weapons.”

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The CFR notes that Asia is witnessing a nuclear buildup, despite the fact that nuclear arsenals are shrinking in the rest of the world.

The buildup comes as part of an ongoing nuclear and missile arms race between Pakistan and neighbouring India since 1998 “that shows no signs of abating,” says the report.

“The size and composition of Pakistan’s nuclear forces appear increasingly dictated by India’s growing conventional military capabilities.”

Severe security challenges for South Asia

According to the report, India – perceived to be the primary military threat to Pakistan – is also expanding its fissile material production capacity, and is estimated to possess enough fissile material for between 90 and 110 nuclear weapons.

The buildup poses more severe security challenges to the two neighbouring nuclear countries than others due to their history of conflict, domestic instability and cross-border terrorism.

“The next crisis between India and Pakistan could be sparked by a cross-border military incursion, a mass-casualty terrorist attack or a high-profile assassination.

“The security trilemma increases the vulnerability of regional stability to disruptions by outside forces and increases the likelihood that a breakdown in strategic stability between India and Pakistan could threaten other nuclear weapon states,” says the report.

Pakistan ‘concerned’ about possible US unilateral action

Apart from the predominant threat posed by India, the CFR said Pakistan is also reportedly “concerned by the potential for the United States to launch a military operation to seize or disarm Pakistani nuclear weapons”.

It said concern was partly based on the US military’s reported contingency planning to “prevent Pakistani nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists”, and heightened by unilateral 2011 US forces raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden.

Speaking to Dawn.com on condition of anonymity, a Pakistani military official said the report was “not incorrect”.

However, he said that some statements in the report were mere assumptions, citing the portion stating that Pakistan could lose command and control of its arsenal.

“It’s a hypothesis, as such it is a very basic report. It is not an incorrect report. They are talking about possibilities, like the possible escalation of tension between India and Pakistan. These things are taken into account by authorities,” he said.

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Neeraj Nov 24, 2014 07:52pm

Whatever! Besides they are ready to eat grass.

shami Nov 24, 2014 07:54pm

Another propaganda to malign Pakistan Nuclear Program.

Yawn.com Nov 24, 2014 07:57pm

Bravo! Now get non-stop electricity

SDN Nov 24, 2014 08:00pm

yes!!! where have the indians gone now.comments???????????/

Agha Ata Nov 24, 2014 08:00pm

Is that something to be proud of?

SDN Nov 24, 2014 08:01pm

I would only say.......India dont be in any misconception

ahmed Nov 24, 2014 08:03pm

Keep going PAK. MASALLAH

T.M. Reddy Nov 24, 2014 08:04pm

I am moving to safer place....

Malik Achakzai Nov 24, 2014 08:05pm

I wish we could race with India in the sector of education and development instead of nuclear arm race.

tarun Nov 24, 2014 08:11pm

And what are you so proud of? A state still depending on Aids from US, China feel so proud of creating 200 nuclear weapons. State still not able to eradicate Polio from it's soil, State home for n number of terrorist outfits. Shame on you...

vinayak Nov 24, 2014 08:14pm

@SDN mad like can say that. wmd means MAD....mutually assured destruction

Mustafa Nov 24, 2014 08:14pm

@Agha Ata;

"Is that something to be proud of?"

Yes it is. It proves that there are still many people in this country who can not be bought for an infinite amount of money.

Imran A. Nov 24, 2014 08:17pm

Because of our nuclear capablity, Pakistan has not been treated like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Otherwise, US needs an excuse to start a war with the weaklings. It helps their economy and she reasserts her superiority over the rest of the world.

Salim A Nov 24, 2014 08:18pm

Both countries are foolish in wasting their money on such destructive and useless endeavors, rather than spending on education. Both are arming themselves to the teeth while their citizens sleep on the streets and go hungry. Shame of both India and Pakistan.

Chaplin Nov 24, 2014 08:20pm

All the nukes didn't prevent the Soviet empire from imploding.

ConcerenedPakistani Nov 24, 2014 08:21pm

@Malik Achakzai Pakistan has to survive first before they can compete on something else with India.It would have been possible only if India stop acting like big brother in the region.Long Live Pak!

Babu Nov 24, 2014 08:22pm

Good job Pakistan. Keep it up.

Ahmed USA Nov 24, 2014 08:22pm

Well...Well...Finally the news that Modi dreaded so much...should serve as an eye opener for warmongers...can now incompetent political leadership of both countries set aside their differences and work tirelessly to eradicate poverty...one-upmanship should be used to help poor and needy...join hands together to use fabulous manpower of both nations and put it to better use for the good of humanity...otherwise nobody wins...

Peacemaker Nov 24, 2014 08:23pm

@Malik Achakzai A very sensible comment - N is only a deterance and never it could be used which causes immense damage to all nearby states too! Wastage of money, and a threat for safe guarding! If both nations should have used this money & energy billions could have uplifted fronm poverty°

Singh Saab USA Nov 24, 2014 08:24pm

It is a totally waist of money. Pakistan cannot bully India or China in South Asia. If it is planning to scare Sri Lanka or Bangladesh then by all means it can spend all the money on it's nuclear program. Do you really need 200 nukes to blow up a country? We hope it is spending enough money on the safety of the nukes as well

cocroach Nov 24, 2014 08:28pm

this is actually bad news if you know the reality, situation, economy, strategic relation....

hussain684 Nov 24, 2014 08:28pm

@tarun Is all good in India????

Qamar Nov 24, 2014 08:29pm

The progress in nuclear technology is a proof that if we encourage our talent, and if a government organization is free from political interference, then we can make progress and achieve positive results. This is the only reason why Pakistan army is still a cohesive organization and has not become like police or civil service because politicians cannot interfere in its internal mechanisms like postings, appointments and promotions.

Black Sabbath Nov 24, 2014 08:31pm

Fastest growing nuclear program is not equal to fastest growing economy or fastest development in socio-economic factors. The Soviet Union had more than 40,000 nuclear weapons at the height of the cold war. Were those weapons able to prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union & its disintegration into 15 countries? If Pakistan goes down the path of the Soviet Union, it will have the same fate.

Gurvinder Singh Nov 24, 2014 08:32pm

We are happy with 110 arsenals only :)

Sanu Nov 24, 2014 08:34pm

Relevant part for future. “concerned by the potential for the United States to launch a military operation to seize or disarm Pakistani nuclear weapons”.

Sunil Nov 24, 2014 08:35pm

Will Pakistan use some of its nuclear for energy (electricity) or continue to stockpile beyond 2020?

Laddoo Nov 24, 2014 08:36pm

India started the nuclear arms race not Pakistan. Fact.

rony Nov 24, 2014 08:39pm

@hussain684

yr mistaken what is some of jihadis get hold of it & use against pak then what ?

Ganga Din Nov 24, 2014 08:49pm

I wish it was meant for generation of electricity.

Safdar Nov 24, 2014 09:04pm

@SDN Why you want Indians to comment on it mate. Is it something to proud or ponder over? I wish you could have said that please India-Pakistan stop this nonsense and give food, shelter, electricity to many million both in India and Pakistan. Make efforts to give across a message of peace, not statement like you made above, it does not serve the purpose, and pls remember the purpose is better ties between the two countries.

merikom zak Nov 24, 2014 09:05pm

waah we are really the power to reckon with. world took notice because of nuclear power. this is our future, this is the way we pakistanis should move forward. tears roll out of my eyes due to the sacrifices made by people of our proud nation to see where we are right now. truly i am prooud to be pakistani.

sensible zak Nov 24, 2014 09:08pm

@Laddoo who asked us pakistanis to join that stupid race???????

Fawad Nov 24, 2014 09:15pm

These think tanks just create panic, why Pakistan will build 200 warheads if even 5 is enough to cause enough destruction to enemy and mutual destruction of Pakistan. As Pakistan is developing India specific then why to develop more and spend more money o this, if it IS DETERRENT then even few is enough. India with older nuclear programm and bigger economy is happy with 100 why Pakistan 200?? Just to compete in numbers or it has any use.

Think tanks might have overestimated and it is just calculations not accurate information, Pakistan won't deny this news as it goes in its favor. It is always good to create perceived atmosphere.

Shakil Khan Nov 24, 2014 09:16pm

Give me a break! how conveniently this doesnt include Israel! I have been reading this report based on pure assumptions for almost a decade, since 5 years the number of warheads is at 120:) very fast indeed! and will we ever need more than that? 20 odd would be enough 100 is surplus!

Sonny Afridi Nov 24, 2014 09:18pm

No big deal. We aren't even a signatory of NPF. Our internal military affair.

Desi Dimag Nov 24, 2014 09:20pm

Pakistan ‘concerned’ about possible US unilateral action Apart from the predominant threat posed by India, the CFR said Pakistan is also reportedly “concerned by the potential for the United States to launch a military operation to seize or disarm Pakistani nuclear weapons”.

Ahmad Nov 24, 2014 09:22pm

Well when you have a neighbor who keeps all its formations in attack ready mode on your eastern border, is the biggest spender on military hardware, has previously divided your country into two parts, has imposed water blockade, occupies part of Kashmir, overtook Hyderabad and Juna Garh with force its good to be well prepared so that it can not think of attacking you in its wildest dreamz!!!

NORI Nov 24, 2014 09:24pm

@Ahmed USA

Why would Modi dread at this news ? Did he come to power by promising that he would wage war with Pakistan ?

Indus Nov 24, 2014 09:27pm

@ahmed going where towards end nuclear weapons is no safety.

Saifuddin Takhtawala Nov 24, 2014 09:29pm

So sad to see Pakistan's spending on such program when we have many more internal challenges. A commoners can not eat atom bombs, can not use it either to educate children. Our short sited leadership never focused to resolve real hardcore problems like health, education, etc. Our annual spending on education and health was 9.9% & 1% of total annual budget per statics published by World Bank (2013).

Manoj Kumar Nov 24, 2014 09:34pm

DAWN , do publish this . dont delete , this is neutral stance of mine

Hope Pakistan would also send at least one satellite to earths orbit , produce at least one good university , provide safe roads and hotels to tourists and meet electricity demand from its people. This move wont help , you have 120 , how many more you need, its enough to kill yourself and also half of India , but remember this will mean end to your civilisation. Stop arms race and adopt development based competition theme with India.

baig Nov 24, 2014 09:34pm

Even 200 is not enough, the larger the stock pile the better. Things won't stay unstable inside Pakistan forever, progress will come, as will political reform. Pakistan has only upwards to go. No one can dare attack without the risk of annihilation.

hussain delhi Nov 24, 2014 09:35pm

@hussain684 yes all is well.

atif Nov 24, 2014 09:37pm

great job by those who r responsible i think the other fields should also develop the same way

someone_else Nov 24, 2014 09:37pm

@SDN Well all we can say is, you are fast becoming North Korea. Good luck with all the nukes.ISIS must be very interested in Pakistan now.

Diljeet Nov 24, 2014 09:38pm

@Neeraj Indians are already doing that.

samad kakar Nov 24, 2014 09:39pm

The report is based on assumption not on reality.

salman khan Nov 24, 2014 09:42pm

look it that..this news had put the indians under alot of pressure

Binod Nov 24, 2014 09:43pm

@SDN Hold on dear and see north Korea and Russia where they are today...we don't think it will give your army any leverage upon us.

Faiza G. R. Bhatt Nov 24, 2014 09:43pm

propaganda, propaganda, propaganda!

syed baqar ahsan Nov 24, 2014 09:45pm

Another smart move by rogue think tanks,by design number of warheads of India shown less,India is country smart enough to cash this also.A new case will made against Pakistan now.

DudeFromDC Nov 24, 2014 09:46pm

This is the right step to a solid future. We need to spend much more on nuclear weapons to keep Pakistan safe and to have other countries respect this nation.

samad kakar Nov 24, 2014 09:47pm

@Malik Achakzai..Why USA is keeping Nuclear arm, though she has no belligerent neighbour like India?

ankur Nov 24, 2014 09:48pm

what a paradox highest number of nuclear missile and highest numberr of polio cases both in same place. its time for some introspection.

Abbas Ali Nov 24, 2014 09:49pm

Any conflict in the world is good for the US, UK and European economies.

Pakistanis and Indians should understand this.

vham Nov 24, 2014 09:55pm

Why waste money on numbers? When we decide to commit suicide, just one is enough.

Desi Dimag Nov 24, 2014 09:56pm

Pakistan ‘concerned’ about possible US unilateral action Apart from the predominant threat posed by India, the CFR said Pakistan is also reportedly “concerned by the potential for the United States to launch a military operation to seize or disarm Pakistani nuclear weapons”.

Sunil Nov 24, 2014 10:17pm

@Laddoo India has another nuclear powered neighbor, China, which started first, get the facts straight.

Karachite Nov 24, 2014 10:19pm

US trying hard to fan the fire between India and Pak...Please understand this!

irfan Nov 24, 2014 10:30pm

So the Trend clearly shows that biggest threat to the world Peace are the Nuke Piles of US and RUSSIA.

Haider Rehman Nov 24, 2014 10:39pm

India is not far behind. Pak only has 10 more than India.

ravi vancouver Nov 24, 2014 10:52pm

@Imran A. Pakistan is dependent on America for aid and economic survival, american drone attacks are allowed or forced on Pakistani innocent people who are suspected to be terrorists by americans. Pakistan should concentrate more for economic freedom, internal security and self respect rather than nuclear weapons which mostly shall never be used.

Akhtar Nov 24, 2014 10:58pm

How many nuclear weapons has Israel or America got ? As far as Pakistan's nuclear weapons go the more it has the better. So keep on crying Americans the situation is not going to change just because of your report. Nobody cares what you think.

abhishek singh Nov 24, 2014 11:03pm

@Safdar i appreciate your thought

Candid1 Nov 24, 2014 11:18pm

Well, there would be no nukes in Pakistan today if the world had worked to prevent nuclear proliferation by India, rather than trying to browbeat Pakistan. So if the think tank is so concerned, then it should focus its efforts on de-nuclearizing India rather than worrying about Pakistan.

hasan Nov 24, 2014 11:33pm

This is nothing to be proud of. Polio on the rise, No electricity, No jobs, No education, No healthcare, but nuclear warheads. Bravo!!!!

Sana Batool Nov 24, 2014 11:34pm

@Neeraj We may eat grass. but after reading this people at your end feeling like grass.

jkpakistani Nov 24, 2014 11:39pm

Another Propganda machine started...Just look at the data, US and Russia has the largest number of Arsenals than rest of the world combined...What a Hypocracy and lies and lies....

Proud Pakistani Nov 24, 2014 11:39pm

@ravi vancouver ...you don't know the facts and you are talking about Pakistans internal politics. PAKISTAN is not dependent on any country it's the politicians who because of their corruption and power hungry nature has deteriorated the situation and comcompelled Pakistan to take billions of dollar loans,. Thats the reason we would like to get rid of these rulers.and by the way pakistan is not get aid that's loan and is nothing near to what Pakistan has suffered in the last 10 years suffering thousands and thousands of loss of civilian and military personnel. You people are just spectators but we are the ones who have suffered the most and are still suffering. If the same loss happened to India, only then you could understand this.

Tariq, Lahore Nov 24, 2014 11:48pm

I would rather Pakistan and India competed in other 'worthy' fields than brinkmanship!!

Nadeem Nov 25, 2014 12:05am

US based Think Tank is hiding a fact. Isreal is not mentioned on this report, why? Because they have US support. Nobody knows how many nukes they have, and it's dangerous for the world.

Khan, Vancouver Nov 25, 2014 12:13am

Well done Pakistan... stronger Pakistan can only survive among hostile neighbors. Now also concentrate on poor man's grievances. Don't give argument that in India thousands of farmers committed suicide every year.

Kabir Sidhu Nov 25, 2014 12:17am

@Neeraj. You should worry about own backyard and and stop trolling.

salman khan Nov 25, 2014 12:28am

@Manoj Kumar do read yesterday dawn newspaper........"Quaid-e-Azam university islamabad "ranked 496 in world top 500 universities..............not a sngle indian university in top 500........now what

Raja Farhat Abbas Nov 25, 2014 12:29am

@Singh Saab USA The only big fat bully in this part of the world blowing hot and cold air is your India, the only country it can never bully is PAKISTAN..I

Shaan Nov 25, 2014 12:32am

Indians running under cover; they are the next superpower. It is making me laugh

Murtaza Mandvi Nov 25, 2014 12:33am

Where is Israel in the graph !?!

mian Nov 25, 2014 12:35am

seems to be beginning of new propaganda campaign against nuclear program.lets see where it goes from here.

Raja Farhat Abbas Nov 25, 2014 12:38am

@Sunil Don't you worry about Pakistan matey worry for your own country.

Khanm Nov 25, 2014 12:41am

Well done US think tank. Think why we are what we are today. You all push Pakistan to its limit. In the name of of your ally you betray them. It is the matter of their survival. You use them MIS use them and finally when your target was achieved you dump them. You spent billions to fulfill your goal. But won't spend a million on education in Pakistan.

shahzad Nov 25, 2014 12:43am

keep going

Azm Nov 25, 2014 12:46am

@Manoj Kumar Dear Manoj I dont know where you live or what do you read for news but Pakistan has good universities in Agha Khan, Kind Edwards, LUMS and NUST. We have increasingly better road infrastructure and a vibrant Media who is doing its best to tackle these issues. Pakistan's defense is paramount to us all and we shall not compromise for anything other than the best and most effective defense of our country. Having said that i would like India to be a peaceful neighbour and stop sponsoring terrorists through Afghanistan. We want peace with India, if India wants peace.

Khanm Nov 25, 2014 12:47am

@T.M. Reddy there is no safer place for Pakistanis. We can run but we cannot hide. Take my advise. Let us make Pakistan a better place. Let us support those who are honest and have no stigma.

Awais Ali Nov 25, 2014 12:50am

Now Modi along with shave sena and RSS will start the nuclear propaganda against Pakistan. Delhi to Maharashtra and Maharashtra to Delhi

Khanm Nov 25, 2014 12:50am

@SDN it is not worth commenting on nuclear pile. The best characteristic of nuclear is that it does not discriminate if u are a Muslim or Hindu. It kills both equally.

Khanm Nov 25, 2014 12:53am

@Agha Ata the irony is we created the nuclear pile for our security. But now the role has been reversed. We are now busy safe guarding the nuclear piles.

Armani Nov 25, 2014 12:58am

------No use whatsoever at all --------- instead it is taking us back in time --------

Khanm Nov 25, 2014 01:02am

@Salim A foolishness Wonder why it has become a national pride.

Zak Nov 25, 2014 01:08am

All these reports from biased US think tanks, which are funded by vested parties, with an agenda do not mention that this nuclear threat is growing due to kashmir not be resolved according to UN resolutions. The solution is there but AIPEC is preventing US getting it resolved.

for peace Nov 25, 2014 01:08am

@Safdar I totally agree with you. We should place all our emphasis on improving the socio economic conditions of both countries rather than piling up dangerous nuclear weapon that will eventually destroy not only both countries but may be entire world.

SHUBHAM MISHRA Nov 25, 2014 01:18am

@ salman khan .go in the world around u and ask about the reputataion of iits and your quade azam university .you will get a answer about the difference of standards and reputation of 2 university .

DeEldar Nov 25, 2014 02:32am

If Pakistan can afford them, who cares. It won't give Pakistan any advantage because it knows, it can't use them because of massive retaliation.

Halim Nov 25, 2014 02:48am

@ahmed ----------- Look how much Nuclear does Russia has, but still got sanction.. Nuclear weapons are of no use ...

Sab Nov 25, 2014 02:55am

this may not be a reason to celebrate this news, my friends. Pak need to understand why usa is making big announment about pak army. first usa asserted that pak is fighting proxy war with india and now it is announcing that paks growing arsenal. is this just a coincidence?

hassan Nov 25, 2014 03:33am

@SHUBHAM MISHRA, Dear you should be worry about iits downfall. Reputation always strings with recognition/quality of standards. When standards falls, reputation follows. In other words, you can also say, this report says iits standards/quality fallen to the extend, that now it is not considered in top 500 unis, and you know reputation always follows the state of quality.

Bob Nov 25, 2014 03:38am

folks think tank is not saying it in a positive way........... no need to be proud of it

@OnLineDahwah2U Nov 25, 2014 04:04am

This is time to understand Islam and Quran!!!

B u won't care for nuke as it's pretty much product like (Jleeby).

C its supply /demand

D the few school in PK can't bring Microsoft in their backyard as Bangalore E the PK crisp brain made his Kahuttasoft in her backyard.

Great for both, collect scohalarship for backyard sales!!

No nuke= no breath

Mustafa Nov 25, 2014 04:08am

@Chaplin;

"All the nukes didn't prevent the Soviet empire from imploding."

But when a Russia was ready to emerge from the ashes of the Soviet Union, the nukes did keep the West from intervening. Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine surrendered it's share of more than 1000 nukes to the West and see where Ukraine stands today. Pro-West thugs chased an elected president, Viktor Yanukovych from the office and Ukraine is now divided between pro-West and pro-Russia factions while Crimea has left Ukraine for good.

A shah Nov 25, 2014 04:16am

@baig we get attacked on a daily basis by terrorists and the US with its drones. What has the nukes done to protect us from this?

zak the supreme Nov 25, 2014 04:19am

Russia has more nukes than USA and where is Russia and US in reality.

Ally Nov 25, 2014 04:31am

hahaha ..Nice marketing to sale arms to India. Now India will buy more and more!

MMM Nov 25, 2014 04:54am

@Imran A. I think that is why we are being attacked from inside.

hyat Nov 25, 2014 04:55am

@tarun once india has Plague all over india what happened that time? we probably have some cases not because we are poor just because mistrust to world health program because they use spy on us. first they send virus then they send ngos and then they spy on our country.

Atul Nov 25, 2014 04:58am

@Yawn.com excellent comment..!

ashraf Nov 25, 2014 05:01am

why the US does not comment on India's program?? why only Pakistan?

MMM Nov 25, 2014 05:10am

There has no external war on Pakistan since 1971. Nuclear weapons has saved millions in this regard. China had several internal AND external problems during growing up phase. Western powers had done everything in their power to "contain" China and it was their neuclear weapons, which prevented the occupation of China. Pakistan's internal problems will be solved sooner than most "think tanks" hope. These weapons are absolutely must in the neighborhood, we life in. I think what we have now should be sufficient, but again, I don't trust these numbers if they are coming out of Western "think tanks".

Bivin Nov 25, 2014 05:32am

Either ways, you drop nuke on some one or some one drops on you, its a collateral damage, difference would be if you drop, your generations after generations would stand as proof that you have dropped due to radiation effect, if some one drops on you, there is no generation story, or in simple words slow death and immediate deadth, its up to you to choose, whom so ever is the nation.i believe fight for better economy, health care, education, system, technology, and all relationship would fall in place.

Imran Siddiqui Nov 25, 2014 05:33am

@Malik Achakzai for that you need to tell your tribal brothers to allow their daughters to go to school :)

Imran Siddiqui Nov 25, 2014 05:40am

@Singh Saab USA India can't bully Pakistan either. Most of our stock is tactical so it is for battlefield use.

Faiza G. R. Bhatt Nov 25, 2014 05:42am

@Neeraj we are already eating grass even though most indians are supposed to be vegetarians :-)

ak18 Nov 25, 2014 05:55am

@tarun don't know what indians are so proud of. . India israel and Egypt are the highest recipients of western aid since 1947... pakistan does get aid from usa.. Most of what is called aid is actually funds the usa owes us and constantly delays paying up to blackmail for political purposes... we're not even a distant 3rd in terms of American aid post ww2.. britain france west germany japan south korea have all been living off American aid for decades. . I know indians have nothing better to do than sit in pakistani websites and comment against us.. they're constantly telling us we are obsessed about them.. fact is we're not. . Just how many pakistanis comment on Indian websites?? Not even a handful. . Yet their obsession with us is so much that on dawn alone on such a topic there are probably more ibdians commenting than pakistanis themselves. . Indians need to find a better use of their time.. like helping the over 350million people living in absolute poverty in their country. . That's more ppl in absolute poverty than the whole of Africa put together... maybe these ppl who have nothing better to do should build toilets and give them out for free.. so next time the bbc send a film crew to record top gear india isn't embarrassed by them showing ppl urinating openly anywhere and everywhere.. india and indians need to get off their self proclaimed high horse and control aids before it ravages the 1billion plus population they're always banging on about. .. to summarise they need to get a life. . Preferably one that doesn't revolve around us... any replies to this comment will only prove my point so please don't bother yourselves.. and I'll happily assume no replies will mean my sincere advice has been heeded and they've finally moved on..

Hamza Nov 25, 2014 05:58am

@Manoj Kumar: I understand that poverty, health, education, proper infrastructure needs immediate attention for Pakistan however, nuclear escalation is because of India. India is one of the biggest arms buyer in the world and keeps on adding more to its conventional inventory. Why is India amassing so much weapons? Pakistan cannot fight conventional war India and the only deterrent is its nuclear capability.

Can we request India to stop the arms escalation, India has similar issues of poverty, health, infrastructure etc. If India applies a brake to the armament race I am sure Pakistan will have a sigh of relief and put its endeavors on more important issues to alleviate its ailing economy and infrastructure.

Usman Nov 25, 2014 06:02am

@Agha Ata Yes it is.

Gawal Mandi ya in Texas Nov 25, 2014 06:02am

@tarun,well,India ain't exactly thriving either when it comes to its people,read other reports,a lot of people(millions) are still starving in India,much more than Pakistan,proud still? The only reason India is has companies moving there is because they are paying them a penny for every dollar they pay else where,proud still? I'm not proud of what is happening in Pakistan but,India is not that much better where Indians continue to bash Pakistan,stop the finger pointing,stop degrading Pakistan,you ain't all that innocent yourselves,that will be all.

Usman Nov 25, 2014 06:07am

The comments section, full of Indian trolls, shows why I have come to loathe this newspaper.

Hamza Nov 25, 2014 06:07am

@Singh Saab USA Pakistan is not bullying India. Nuclear warheads is a deterrent against India. If India and Pakistan had good political relations than this arms escalations would not happen. Both countries have more or less same gene pool in their population and should had have very cordial relations but so much political animosity has lead to this arms race between them to the extent that important civil infrastructure development has been left out and monetary funds have been diverted to armament production instead of alleviating problems for the people of the country.

Gawal Mandi ya in Texas Nov 25, 2014 06:18am

Its a monkey see monkey do,the right thing to do would be for either India or Pakistan to start coming up with ideas to see who gets to eliminate poverty,who educates their people more and faster,who has a better plan to be a leader in medicine,science and math,the sad part is,both Indians and Pakistanis had great minds,I know,I live along side hundreds of them.Every hospital has both Indian and Pakistani doctors every where,banking,stock market,businesses,real estate,engineering,we are there.Why in the world would the governments go in the direction of death.Can you imagine what it would be like if they decided to spend BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of DOLLARS on education,food and jobs???? HOLY SMOKE.Now imagine peace on both sides because everyone gets to eat and have a place to call home.Stop fighting you idiots.NO ONE GETS TO WIN AT THE END,there'll be nothing to call yours.

Amir Indian Nov 25, 2014 06:24am

@ashraf for that you need to study Pakistan's history again and again and again and again.

Amir Indian Nov 25, 2014 06:32am

@salman khan Really a good news for Pakistanis, India & Indians won't believe on Ranking, but on Advance Education. Dear Dawn, I read this news in Indian newspapers also, but never read any news in Dawn related to India's development or success in any field. why so?

Amir Indian Nov 25, 2014 06:34am

@NORI Well said

Rehman Nov 25, 2014 06:39am

What Pakistan and India will do with 100 Nuclear weapons each? Both cannot use it. If Pakistan uses it and it knows that India's doctrine to reply with massive attack on all the cities of the Pakistan and Pakistan may try to do same with India, though India is building satellite based Shield.

hyat Nov 25, 2014 06:43am

@Neeraj we dont eat grass because we are not vegetarian but you eat grass its a fact. thats why your economy grows but common indian's body is very weak. you just proud on few people's growing their wealth, what about common indian, i live abroad more than 15 years i never seen any healthy indian.

ASM Nov 25, 2014 06:43am

No wonder North Korea is up and running so quickly with their nuclear program of destruction.

Jeeshan Nov 25, 2014 06:52am

Polio , Education , Science , Employment , GDP , HDI hitting rock bottom , but as long as we have nukes everything seems to be fine, We are hungry poor unemployed and uneducated but safe and not sure safe from whom ?

Anuj Nov 25, 2014 06:57am

Congrats to Pakistan for being a world Nuclear Superpower. I think this number isn't good enough as tiny nations like France and UK are ahead. More nukes may be needed. Don't stop, keep building till you are taken seriously and can threaten even Israel into leaving Palestine and the rest of S Asia to beg for mercy from this great developed nation with fantastic index of living. Great show ! Something to be proud of - a fully indigenous nuclear program built by in house talent fully.

Kirpal Nov 25, 2014 07:02am

Hubris precedes nemesis, this is fully applicable to both India as well as Pakistan. These two esranged brothers one named Hindu the other Musalman are set destroy each other. As they are not able to destroy hunger, poverty, greed, corruption and fase pride, they will destroy the Indian sub continent itself. Well done, keep it up.

Sukhveer Nov 25, 2014 07:03am

Hi I still do not understand why we are so enthusias in making our countries battlefield n posing that there would be great future to next generation. Question to who so called Jihadi's is this the only motto in life to end with barbarically situation when u have only one life.. what one get becoming peeping tom

Yaser Nov 25, 2014 07:08am

Hahah! says someone who has more than 70 times the number of weapons... what a joke!

Shah Nov 25, 2014 07:10am

What about Israel? Totally biased report

Omar Nov 25, 2014 07:16am

@merikom zak wow you sure have your priorities in order. I on the other hand am totally depressed with the current state of affairs.

shezad Nov 25, 2014 07:21am

Pakistan knows it cannot match India's military therefore to maintain minimum detterance its increasing its nuclear arsenal and the delivery systems.

Nukes are more cost effective vis-a-vis maintaining a large conventional force.

Anyways, we dont know for sure whether the American thinktank is correct in its analysis.

Sierrabrave Nov 25, 2014 07:22am

@hussain684 all is very well in India, thank you! As a matter of fact couldn't have been better!!

Indian Nov 25, 2014 07:23am

Good Job.......Pakistan!!!

Kamal Nov 25, 2014 07:24am

My Goodness, look at the stockpiles of US and Russia. What are they planning to do, nuke the universe or what???

vivekbhu.singh@gmail.com Nov 25, 2014 07:28am

Please make locomotive first then nuclear bomb. Pakistan railway is going down on daily basis. Still pakistan is unable to make a single locomotive and india had maide in 1954.

Mayank Nov 25, 2014 07:32am

Great. Now all Pakistan needs is a crazy dictator like Zia. LOL

Anup Nov 25, 2014 07:32am

@hassan Please read "There are five Indian and as many Iranian universities in the rankings but way ahead of the QUA. India’s University of Delhi claimed the top spot with No 316 in the world rankings, followed by Indian Institute of Science (323), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (405), and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (484). " Indian institute of technology stands for IIT.

Confused Nov 25, 2014 07:41am

And how does USA think tank know, that Pakistan possess this much fissile material ? When even the Pakistanis don't know for sure. Also how does 200 warheads compare with the 7000 and 8000 warheads possessed by USA an Russia despite shrinking ? Do I see another Osma Bin Laden or Saddam Hussain ? Sure USA needs another war to rescue its flailing economy. But please make sure you won't find anything from this poor nation.

atheist Nov 25, 2014 07:50am

@Ganga Din ohh buddy....... seriously you think so?those are for decorating sm museum one day :D

khalil Nov 25, 2014 07:54am

A Lion in jungle but without meat, and water!

Sonny Afridi Nov 25, 2014 07:55am

@Manoj Kumar we have plenty of top notch universities in Pakistan, such as LUMS, NUST, IBA, list goes on. You are brainwashed.

Diwakar Dubey Nov 25, 2014 07:59am

Very nice,keep it on.

indian Nov 25, 2014 08:07am

Good reprt for india poor pakistanis cant understand this .keepit up

ENIGMA Nov 25, 2014 08:13am

@Neeraj

Pakistanis are not vegetarians .. so hope you all find your grassy veg meals quite tasty and filling : ))

Jawad Nov 25, 2014 08:15am

To the think tank. 8000 vs 200 some ---- really ????? Fastest growing --- may be percentage wise ---- eg :

10 for Pakistan = about 9% or so 10 for United States of America or Russia = what ? 0. 0 some %

Be real sir.
Ok ---- country size and population matters so don't compare Pakistan with United States of America or Russia ------ what about Pakistan vs UK or United States of America vs India ?

kailash guleria Nov 25, 2014 08:18am

@SDN Make your country independent. Don't beg from US. Your budget is funded by USA.

kailash guleria Nov 25, 2014 08:21am

@SDN Us has also issues some more studies on Pakistan. Please also believe them. Don't be selective, Also beleve you are a failed & terrorist state.

Kamal Gupta Nov 25, 2014 08:23am

@Shakil Khan The surplus could be sold strategically. To North Korea (Libya has collapsed), and to organizations like Taliban, Al Qaeda, IS and their like.

Bharat Nov 25, 2014 08:24am

no worries. 80% so far on the army and debt reduction.? this is from all your budget.

I say - keep going.

Muhammad iqbal Nov 25, 2014 08:28am

First stone thrown to get ready to destroy weapons of mass destruction(if u dont believe, go to the grave of saddam and ask why americans came to iraq)

Saeed Q Nov 25, 2014 08:29am

The chart did show the nuclear stock of Israel? Why??????

Deepak Nov 25, 2014 08:36am

@merikom zak - Looks like you are too emotional now :) .. Believe me nobody will use Nukes .. its just to scare another country.. everybody knows when Nukes are fired.. what will happen.. it will never be fired from one side...

Both US and USSR had Nukes during cold war and they never used it, Because they knew what will happen if they start using it.

isarivelan Nov 25, 2014 08:39am

@Shaan

We don't want super power status, only the media is creating the hype. If you look at our foreign policy in the last 60 years you would have noticed that we always supported non-align movement. Unfortunately, Pakistan allowed itself to be used by super powers and religious groups. Sorry I forget to mention Communist China. Though Pakistan is a Islamic country but it has allowed capitalist (U.S) and communist (China) to use Pakistan for their own interest.

Harsh Nov 25, 2014 08:39am

India is quite happy to note this report for a number of reasons. 1) Each Pakistani nuclear weapon can destruct maximum 10 km radius in the first 3 days, that is 314 sq km. Most Indian cities are much larger, for example a tier-3 city like Indore is 600 sq km in size. Delhi metro is 46,000 sq km. Thus even in a hypothetical scenario that Pakistan uses all its 200 nuclear weapons still only 60,000 sq. km area of India will be destroyed. Which is 1.8% of India. 2) India's military installations are not in its cities thus if Pakistan attacks the military installations, still Indian industrial juggernaut will roll on and if Pakistan attacks Indian cities then the Indian military installations will be unaffected 3) India has spread its military and economic assets far and wide, to destroy it is simply impossible 4) India has already developed the nuclear triad, which means India can strike back by missiles launched from land, air, ships and submarines. If Pakistan makes the mistake of launching even one nuclear weapon, it will invite a massive Indian retaliation, backed by a 2 million army and world's 4th largest Navy and its air force. 5) Pakistani urban populations and military assets are very concentrated. India does not need to search far and wide to target Pakistani establishments. 6) India has developed and tested the thermonuclear weapons and further made corrections to it. 7) The number of devices required for India to permanently finish Pakistan is lesser than 100. 8) In case of a nuclear exchange, due to the Indian nuclear triad, Pakistan will get to use only 30% of its weapons, the rest will be destroyed by Indian counter attack whereas India will continue to bomb bomb bomb Pakistan using its nuclear triad. 9) The aftermath of a nuclear war will much favor Indians. Indian military will occupy Pakistan and the surviving Indians will take control of fertile Pakistani Punjab and strategic Sindh. 10) Any idea of nuclear deterrence is only on paper, if even a single weapon is used by Pakistan, the consequences will be torturous to it.

Pragmatist Nov 25, 2014 08:39am

I will never believe in a US think tank. They are typically packed with anti-Pakistan element bent upon discrediting Pakistan to muzzle any US military and economic aid destined for it.

Sami Nov 25, 2014 08:45am

@tarun and what about your state who have no brilliant mind to invent something but struggling to buy the weapons with technolgy and dreaming like (Shaikh Chilli) to become the biggest exporter of arms in future ...funny situation... Whatever Pakisatn that is totally the brain child of Intelligent Pakistani scientist like Dr Abdul Slam , AQ khan and so many anonymous paki scientists ... We not only developed these state of art weapons indigenously but also helped our time tested friend China to get benefit of our research and development ..

P Setra Nov 25, 2014 08:50am

@Shaan India has its own stockpile. Are power generation, poverty alleviation, education, polio taking backseat?

Human Nov 25, 2014 09:01am

@salman khan: the news you're referring to says 5 indian universities in in top 500. May be u missed that sentence but don't give false reference here as others know how to read properly.

krishan gopal Nov 25, 2014 09:31am

Both the countries already have enough stock to blowup entire subcontinent...why do you need more...

fairy Nov 25, 2014 09:31am

A lot of Indians blaming solely pakistan for nuclear arms race please read this as well: ""According to the report, India – perceived to be the primary military threat to Pakistan – is also expanding its fissile material production capacity, and is estimated to possess enough fissile material for between 90 and 110 nuclear weapons.""

krishan gopal Nov 25, 2014 09:33am

@Imran A. And how would you send this bomb to us ...you do not have intercontinental ballastic missiles...

xyz Nov 25, 2014 09:39am

Dear All Dont take it as a proud moment for you all as it is indeed the begining of something big that US is planning not in near future but will definitely happen. remember all old US stories u will definitely get a clue to the larger picture.

Malik Achakzai Nov 25, 2014 09:44am

Thanks for your likes on my comment shows majority of us at Dawn.com are peace lovers! Hats Off!

Zeeshan Nov 25, 2014 09:50am

@Malik Achakzai Dear Brother, India started this arms race and for your information, we have another enemy inside Afghanistan so for sure we need to remain up in arms all the time. Secondly we are still far behind Indian in Nuclear race. This report is yet another propaganda to malign Pakistan's peaceful Nuclear Program.

Mustafa Nov 25, 2014 09:51am

It is because of the nukes race that we are not in a much more expensive race in conventional weapons against India. two-hundred home made nuclear bombs cost you less than 20 F16s, which leaves you vulnerable to the whims of the supplier. Our 200 nuclear weapons have cost us less than anyone of the three top ships in the Indian navy.

Nb Nov 25, 2014 09:55am

Phew! My dear media folks. Please stop such reporting and do something to bring the two countries together. Why not share some heartwarming news. Why are we always thinking of killing humans when they are all the same. So much pain and suffering when your family is no longer there. What's the use of this ego-boosting destruction? Where is love for each other?

Shawn Peter Nov 25, 2014 09:57am

Increase in N-warheads may attract sanctions from the international community, because of the following reasons.

Reception of US funds by Pak for terror fight.

Triggering N-arms race in the Asian subcontinent.

Presence of US in Pak & Afghan for terror fight.

Concerns in the safe keeping of N- warheads, since it may fall into the wrong groups.

Sahil Nov 25, 2014 09:58am

This is a dangerous report for Pakistan. On the basis of this report the world headed by USA will now try to stem the nuclear programme and also impose sanctions. Is Pakistan ever will be able to see good days?

kashif Nov 25, 2014 10:02am

Now India media will bring Sachin, SRK, Salman and all from left right and centre to prove it have something fastest....:)

sohaib Nov 25, 2014 10:18am

@Agha Ata yes indeed dear brother

Shawn Peter Nov 25, 2014 10:30am

Indias N-program is sensible & mature, based on:

Minimum credible deterrence.

No first use policy.

India started limiting its N- warheads wayback in the 90s, showing maturity, sensibility & responsibility.

sohaib Nov 25, 2014 10:33am

@Laddoo sooo true.... Pakistans program is a result of indias nuke progrm

Tax Payer Nov 25, 2014 10:55am

I want Pakistan to reach 7,330.

I pay tax and I want exactly 7,330, neither less or more.

120 is such a shame number.

Japan can make few thousands overnight if it wants. They are storing refined fuel.

If 7,330 is not possible then store refined fuel for 7,330, so the fuel can be turned overnight.

V K Das Nov 25, 2014 11:05am

How many bombs you require to destroy yourself? You know full well that the moment you drop a bomb on India it will respond immediately and considering your small size you will vanish for ever while India might recover after a few decades like Japan did.Best course is to forget the bomb and concentrate on development of your people and country. Even the US could not win in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan etc despite all the bombs it has.

amjad Nov 25, 2014 11:10am

Its ironical that a Country like USA should think on these lines,all because of the beggary of the Govt.Only a person like Imran Khan can handle the biggest and only Lucifer of the world America.He can take out the brains of the so called think tanks and shred them to pieces.

EA Nov 25, 2014 11:35am

What is the point of increasing the nuclear capability which will not be really used in todays warfare, or shall I dare say there is a lesser probablity;instead Pak should consider taking conventional approach and use the savings on Education instead.

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 11:40am

@Agha Ata Yes brother, to maintain a minimum defence deterance is taught by our religion, not for attack but for defence. Read the report carefully, Pakistan is doing that because there is a threat from India, always remember there is a difference between cowardice and remaining gentle

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 11:42am

@Human Even than you should feel shame, we are 6 times smaller in population than you

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 11:46am

@Neeraj Yes - Please let us eat grass peacefully otherwise we will not let you eat the grass even

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 11:54am

@T.M. Reddy collectively there are around 20,000 nuclear bombs all over the world, moon will be safer for you, good luck

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 11:58am

@Malik Achakzai We will do that also, all goals cannot be achieved so quickly with so many problems and people like asfandyar who don't want to build dams without taking their share of money

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 12:00pm

@tarun Yes we have all those problems, please explain does that has any link with defence system?

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 12:04pm

@Salim A By becoming extra brilliant thinkers, people want to attract attention. Please don't cry a minimum defence deterance is a part of good defence system.

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 12:04pm

it doesn't mean that we should leave our defence machinery

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 12:09pm

For Pakistanis who are trying to be over bright minded - Ok we have many problems but is doesn't mean that we should stop defence machinery, just answer my one question, do you really think that your children will go to school and play in parks peacefully if this iron roof is removed from your head and no defence is provided, can't you see our enemy India is such an immoral enemy.

Son Of The Soil Nov 25, 2014 12:11pm

The best thing about Pakistan, we least bother such nonsense. Keep going with your assumptions and present such reports as master pieces to foresee, and to formulate regional policies.

Action speaks louder than words.(For wise folks only)

chai Nov 25, 2014 12:15pm

Most of the Pak friends think that Indians 24x7 think about how to destroy Pak, but the real fact is that Indians want growth, they want better education, jobs , good roads & they want to become rich.

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 12:18pm

@Bharat Correct your figure, army uses only 3% of our GDP, check properly, wash your face and come again. this is not Indian army with extremely poor accuracy even with more than hundred billion dollar budget

neptune Nov 25, 2014 12:21pm

its sad how this is causing concern for US. if US starts publishing the money it spends on its defense or the number of civilians it kills in its "play grounds", then that should be a matter of grave concern too.

Einstein Babar Nov 25, 2014 12:21pm

so many reports also revealed that Indian N-program is just garbage with less efficiency and effectiveness

Mili Nov 25, 2014 01:05pm

@kashif get well soon...Not!

Abdul Nov 25, 2014 01:15pm

I think this news is also hearty in the sense that Pakistan has the capability of progressing technologically. We just need good governance to sort our country out.

Unbiased Nov 25, 2014 02:18pm

@salman khan This is from the same article you asked to read - "There are five Indian and as many Iranian universities in the rankings but way ahead of the QUA. India’s University of Delhi claimed the top spot with No 316 in the world rankings, followed by Indian Institute of Science (323), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (405), and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (484)." BTW Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad has been ranked 496th among the 500. Please don't overlook the facts before commenting here. Indians are waiting to label you accordingly.

Malik Achakzai Nov 25, 2014 03:16pm

@Einstein Babar Asfandyar Khan is right, he's not letting Pakistan to spend his electricity money on building N-arms!

Sanjay Nov 25, 2014 04:35pm

India is wise in not increasing the number despite its size. Pakistan needs it because a time will come when it will sell it to brother countries for money.

Aurora Nov 25, 2014 05:14pm

Its a report & must have been based on some research. Any way it is a extra ordinary good fodder for India haters in Pakistan and succeeds is diverting attention from the daily problems there.

rohith Nov 25, 2014 05:43pm

India don't want any nuclear arms race,we are not ready to spend too much on nukes.90-110 nukes are more than enough for india.If possible we will definitely decrease the numbers in future.

Human Nov 25, 2014 05:44pm

@Einstein Babar: not able to get your point brother. Whats the relation of Pakistan having less population here.

Sikander Mirza Nov 25, 2014 06:26pm

Why the US think tank always forgets Israel, they should also let the world know how many nuclear weapons it has.

Kashif Khan Nov 25, 2014 06:51pm

The Pakistani nuclear program is a reminder that Pakistan when it needs to, has the capacity to compete on an advanced technological level. As much as Indians obsessed over Pakistan (proof is simply on the comments page on DAWN) try to belittle the Pakistani program, deep down they know that if pushed Pakistan can rise to the occasion. India introduced these horrible weapons to the sub continent, and thereby ensured that their dreams of "Akhand Bharat" will never be fulfilled. Now if only Pakistan can channel this capacity to economic and social growth.

mack Nov 25, 2014 06:53pm

@vham , you are right, one is enough, moment that is used, will the opposite party keep quiet not responding with vengeance.

Sikander Mirza Nov 25, 2014 06:56pm

What about Israel?

sukhdeep singh Nov 25, 2014 07:18pm

here we r my friend,and i m happy india is behind pakistan in this devastating practise,and pakistan wasting its money as these weapons will never be used,india has other problems to deal with,the money incurred on these weapons could be spent in other purposeful ways, where pakistan stands in other much more important fields like education,technology,sports,disaster management and scores of others

Binod Nov 25, 2014 07:28pm

@salman khan khan saab read again that articles at least 5 Indian universities listed in best 500 . And all five are way ahead from u

Usman Nov 25, 2014 07:29pm

Pakistan should use it to save Pakistan from electricity crisis if Pakistan wants to make progress. Pak should face America because Pakistan is the land of Muslims and Muslims have no fear from anything in this world except Allah.

Ikbal Buland Nov 25, 2014 07:43pm

@Imran A. Pak is caught in the trap, where it will have nuclear arsenal but empty coffers. It will disintegrate like USSR in near future.

Mohammed Nov 25, 2014 08:16pm

@tarun Well I think that's an achievement.... even with all the problems, Tarun we are facing you eye to eye... Imagine even with all our problems, you don't miss an opportunity comment... without these deterrents your arrogance will reach new heights...

T. M. Wazir Nov 25, 2014 09:31pm

Best way to maintain peace in the region is to be ready for a war ,peace will prevail by itself.

Raja Farhat Abbas Nov 25, 2014 09:31pm

@Einstein Babar Brilliant reply.

ProudIndian Nov 26, 2014 04:30am

It's good to see Pakistan wasting its time in useless pursuits like Nuclear Arms race. All this while India tries to move forward in Wind energy, getting more nuclear powerplants, exploring better ways to transport natural gas and oil.

Oh, and also trying to bring back more graduates and give them envious positions in tech sector, sending missions to Mars, organizing conferences and attracting talent. All this to make a difference tomorrow.

Good luck Pakistan. Why stop at 200? Since they perceive US as a threat too, they should aspire for the 8000 figure haha

@OnLineDahwah2U Nov 26, 2014 04:49am

@Anuj

Now Nuke match is over.

It's time to start a new match with India.

A educating your people? B creating job for your people?

It is a match hope PK will win this TOO!!!!!!!!!

P Setra Nov 26, 2014 05:59am

@Ganga Din Bombs are easier to build than power plants, that is why they did what was easier. Power plants could benefit the country, which does not seem to be a priority.

Pat, Toronto Nov 26, 2014 07:47am

You can see Russia has more nuclear weapons than USA. This does not make it stronger than US. America spends many times more than Russia on defense but only where it is required. Similarly it does not make sense for Pakistan to have so many nuclear warheads if they are meant to be aimed at India.

One relevant point here, India has never initiated any war against Pakistan as it is taught in Pakistani textbooks. Just go on you tube and research the lies which have been taught to children in Pakistani history books. I know many Pakistanis would disagree since they are completely brainwashed by Anti-India sentiment. But if you have an objective mind please research and you would find comments many prominent sane Pakistani's who agree that all wars with India were started by Pakistan and Indian threat is overhyped in Pakistan by war mongers.

It would be wise for Pakistan to spend money in other scientific areas of development not just nuclear weapons. Pakistan has massive shortage of power and if part of the nuclear program could be used to generate power wont it be better?

Harsh Nov 26, 2014 08:11am

@salman khan : The same article mentions 5 Indian universities but you have not grasped it due to your lack of universities.

Armaan Nov 26, 2014 11:34am

Pakistani who say now where are indian comments First of all congrats for this futuristic achievement coz this is only area where Pakistan leads 2nd we don't require this useless achievement for which 40 50 bombs are sufficient for our objectives And advise, make 200 not 300 bomb but See to it that grasses don't get over by the time or how will you survive

aslaam Nov 26, 2014 01:14pm

@salman khan .............r u joker???

S K Sinha Nov 26, 2014 01:47pm

I wish it were fastest growing economy.

S K Sinha Nov 26, 2014 01:52pm

@Mohammed Bhaijaan , is Pakistan so important?

Thiru Nov 26, 2014 01:55pm

To all Indians on this forum - please leave them to it. We, Indians should look to the European model and focus on improving the lives of our people without compromising security. The rest is wasted words.

manoj Nov 26, 2014 04:09pm

@Salim A Even as india continues with a miltary programme india still has enough money to do development work but that is certainly not the case with pakistan with little money in hands and big corruption where nawaz and bhutto families loot all the money. so we can't compare india and pakistan leaving aside the size of both countries and the economy

suresh Nov 27, 2014 12:18am

Well done. India is still building toilets/metro rails etc... You are faar ahead of India in becoming super power. Go on till dooms day.

Vish1 Nov 27, 2014 07:03am

@salman khan Ask an educated American if he has heard about "Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad" or "Indian Institute of Technology"!

aam aadmiA Nov 27, 2014 10:23am

while digging grave for other digger himself has to get in to it ....

aam aadmiA Nov 27, 2014 10:25am

BSF plans laser walls to stop infiltration from Pakistan

Citizen Nov 27, 2014 02:47pm

Like they took care of OBL under the nose of the Pakistan Army HQ, we may witness a similar act with the Pakistani nuclear pile very soon.

UncleSAM Nov 27, 2014 02:57pm

Who ever is happy reading this article please share why exactly you are happy.

Devendra Nov 27, 2014 04:54pm

@SDN you seems to be really proud. congrats. check whether your house has running water and electricity.

Devendra Nov 27, 2014 05:02pm

@salman khan Bend down and try to look at your back side. What do you see?