Pakistan possesses more nuke than India, reports SIPRI.

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nuclear-warheadsJune 5, Stockholm: The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said that Pakistan was developing a number of new short-range ballistic missiles which suggests that it may use ‘battlefield nuclear weapons’ resulting in these warheads being deployed on a “launch-ready posture”.

Pakistan presently possesses  90 to 110 nuclear warheads compared to India’s 80 to 100 n-warheads, says a report by SIPRI.

According to SIPRI Yearbook 2012, India and Pakistan are increasing the size and sophistication of their nuclear arsenals.

“Both countries are developing and deploying new types of nuclear-capable superiority in conventional arms and manpower.

“Pakistan’s development of new short-range ballistic missiles suggests that its military planning has evolved to include contingencies for the use of ‘battlefield nuclear weapons’. This may lead to nuclear warheads being deployed on a more launch-ready posture”.

“India and Pakistan continue to develop new systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons and are expanding their capacities to produce fissile material for military purposes,” it said.

“The eight nuclear states –the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel– together possess a total of approximately 19,000 nuclear weapons, as compared with 20,530 at the beginning of 2011,” it pointed out.

The total nuclear warheads of India and Pakistan remained the same between 2011 and 2012, the SIPRI report said.

India had 80-100 nuclear warheads while Pakistan possessed slightly more with 90-110 nuclear warheads.

The decrease in the total number of warheads is mainly due to Russia and the US further reducing their inventories of strategic nuclear weapons under the terms of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) as well as retiring aging and obsolescent weapons, the think tank pointed out.

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