Pakistan could be building a new uranium enrichment complex , feels Western defence experts after analysing the commercial satellite imagery.
Construction of a new site, based in the town of Kahuta, shows evidence how India’s neighbouring country is seeking to boost its atomic arsenal.
Analysis was done by IHS Jane's Intelligence review using satellite images taken by Airbus Defence and Space on September 28 last year and also on April 18 this year.
A 2015 report written by scholars at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center said that Pakistan could raise its stockpile by 20 warheads a year and have the world's third largest in ten years.
"The area of interest is approximately 1.2 hectares and is located within the secure area of the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), in the southwestern part of the complex," said the statement.
Structure of the site also bears similarities to facilities built by nuclear fuel company URENCO which also operates several nuclear plants in Europe.