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India-Pakistan Agreement On Chemical Weapons

By Zach Arnold | September 23, 2021

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On April 7, 2018, Douma was the victim of a chemical attack that killed at least 49 people and injured many civilians and blamed the Assad government. [56] [57] [58] When India and Pakistan signed the agreement, both countries declared that they did not possess stockpiles of chemical weapons. However, as part of its accession to the CWC, India declared a quantity of chemical munitions produced by its Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which sparked controversy with Pakistan over India`s commitment and compliance with the bilateral agreement. In a 2015 statement, Foreign Minister Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Pakistan`s nuclear arsenal was one-dimensional, that is, it was “not conducive to the start of a war.” He also said in 2015 that Pakistan was able to respond to India`s aggression due to Islamabad`s development of short-range tactical nuclear weapons. According to Hans Kristensen, “Pakistan is adapting its nuclear position with new short-range nuclear systems to deal with military threats below the strategic level.” In its statements required under the CWC, India acknowledged the existence of a chemical warfare programme and announced the details of its stockpiles and the availability of very small-scale production sites. New Delhi has committed to ensuring that all facilities related to its CW inspection program are open. The statement kept India`s chemical armory secret, as the CWC secretariat would keep the statement confidential. Pakistan`s nuclear warheads are believed to be stored in a decomposed state, with the fissile core kept separate from the warhead package. This practice greatly increases the time it takes to use weapons….

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