Political instability in Pakistan
Lieutenant General Scott Barrier said that the removal of Imran Khan from the post of Prime Minister of Pakistan reflects a period of political instability. He said that the reason for this is that elections are not likely to be held in Pakistan before August 2023. Khan was ousted from power through a motion of no confidence. General Scott Barrier said that Pakistan’s relations with India have remained strained since the terrorist attack in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in February 2019.
Tension escalated between India and Pakistan
Lieutenant General Scott Barrier said tensions between the two countries escalated after India withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. He said cross-border violence has decreased since the two countries made commitments to a ceasefire agreement in February 2021. Lieutenant General Scott Barrier said that India and Pakistan, however, have not since taken any meaningful steps to achieve a long-term diplomatic solution.
|Country||Nuclear Weapons (Year 2021)|
Pakistan, China far ahead of India
Sweden-based think-tech’ Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released a report on nuclear weapons last year. According to the report, China and Pakistan are far ahead of India in terms of nuclear weapons. According to the report, by 2021, India had 156 nuclear weapons, while Pakistan had 165 and China had 350 nuclear weapons. At the same time, America had 5,550 nuclear weapons by 2020 and Russia had 6255 nuclear weapons.