Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are one of the most feared in the world. Photo/global village space
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan is one of the countries in Asia whose military forces should not be underestimated. Pakistan is the only Muslim-majority country with nuclear weapons.
According to the latest data published by Global Firepower, the total number of Pakistani military personnel is 1.7 million or 0.7% of the country’s population.
In 2022, The Hindu writes that Pakistan’s armed forces will receive a budget allocation of USD 7.6 billion. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s military spending in 2021 will reach USD 11.3 billion.
In terms of defense equipment belonging to the Air Force, Pakistan has a total of 1,413 aircraft, 363 combat aircraft, 90 attack aircraft, 322 helicopters, 4 tanks, and 58 attack helicopters.
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Whereas in the Army, Pakistan has at least 3,742 tanks, 1,838 rocket artillery, and thousands of other types of combat vehicles. The Pakistan Navy has a total asset of 114 units, consisting of patrol boats, frigates and submarines.
Nuclear development in Pakistan was planned when the Atoms for Peace program took place in the 1960s.
Pakistan sent several envoys to take part in the nuclear training program and received a research reactor from the United States (US).
The process of developing the atomic bomb began when Pakistan suffered defeat to India in 1971. This led to the independence of East Pakistan, which is now known as Bangladesh.
After the ceasefire was completed at the end of January 1972, the President of Pakistan at that time, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, ordered to immediately make an atomic bomb.
Pakistan’s military strength became increasingly visible when Pakistan conducted a nuclear test in 1998. Unmitigated, 5 nuclear weapons were tested in Chaghi, Baluchistan.
This was done just two weeks after India detonated its nuclear. Meanwhile, since the beginning Pakistan stated that its nuclear weapons were only for defense.