Pakistan’s growing nuclear stockpile, doctrine pose risk: Pentagon

Expressing concern over Pakistan’s evolving “tactical nuclear weapons” doctrine, a top American spymaster today warned the Congress about the increasing risks of an “incident” associated with the growing nuclear arsenal.

“Pakistan’s nuclear weapons continue to grow. We are concerned that this growth, as well as the evolving doctrine associated with tactical weapons, increases the risk of an incident or accident,” Defence Intelligence Agency Director Vincent Stewart told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

A Congressional report in January had estimated Pakistan’s nuclear warheads to be between 110-130 and that they are aimed at deterring India from taking military action against it “Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal probably consists of approximately 110-130 nuclear warheads, although it could have more,” the Congressional Research Service said in the report.

-More at DeccanChronicle



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