Pakistan

Nuclear-armed state

Possesses 160 nuclear weapons

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Pakistan has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Nuclear-weapon programme

Pakistan possesses approximately 160 nuclear weapons, which it can launch from missiles and aircraft and is developing its capability to launch them from submarines. Pakistan conducted two nuclear tests in 1998. In 2019, Pakistan spent an estimated US$1 billion to build and maintain its nuclear weapons.

 

National position

Pakistan has consistently voted against an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that welcomes the adoption of the treaty and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Pakistan did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Pakistan abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence the negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

Nuclear-armed state

Possesses 160 nuclear weapons

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

Pakistan has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Nuclear-weapon programme

Pakistan possesses approximately 160 nuclear weapons, which it can launch from missiles and aircraft and is developing its capability to launch them from submarines. Pakistan conducted two nuclear tests in 1998. In 2019, Pakistan spent an estimated US$1 billion to build and maintain its nuclear weapons.

 

National position

Pakistan has consistently voted against an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that welcomes the adoption of the treaty and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Pakistan did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Pakistan abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence the negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

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Community Motivation & Development Organization

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Pakistan Doctors for Peace and Development

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Alliance for Peace and Disability Rights (APDR)

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