Experts Say

What the Bomb Bestowed

Newsweek Pakistan
May 31, 2017
By staff writer

On May 28, 1998, Pakistan made public its possession of an atom bomb by testing it in Balochistan. Nearly 20 years later, that act still informs Islamabad’s foreign policy and relations with its neighbors. From the outset, the bomb was a “defensive” weapon meant to deter India and cancel New Delhi’s superiority in conventional arms. It also canceled any political attempt to settle disputes with India through “flexibility” of approach. It bestowed additional pride by being the only “Islamic” bomb in the world.
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