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West Punjab, officially the Islamic Republic of West Punjab (Urdu: اسلامی جمہوریہ مغربی پنجاب کے), is a landlocked country in South Asia. The nation borders Afghanistan to the west, Balochistan to the south, India to the east, and Baltistan to the north, and is home to a population of 80.4 million, ranking West Punjab as the eighteenth largest nation in the world and the tenth-largest in Asia.
Formed from the remnants of the former Islamic Republic of Pakistan (which was dissolved into Balochistan, West Punjab, and Baltistan) after its crushing defeat by India in the Second Indo-Pakistani War, West Punjab is generally considered the successor state to Pakistan and possesses much of the former nation's major military strength - though several army divisions did defect to Balochistan and Baltistan after the dissolution of the Pakistani government in 1967. West Punjab also inherited much of Pakistan's animosity towards India, and its infant nuclear program as well.
Dissolution of Pakistan (1967-1968)
West Punjab succeeds Pakistan (1968)
Early strife with India (1969-1980)
Nuclear program (1972-present)
Isolation and Reform era (1980-1988)
Modern Times (1988-present)
Main Article: Armed Forces of West Punjab
Having inherited what little work Pakistan had started on building a nuclear weapon, West Punjab took over twenty years before it would test its own weapon, with the Chagai I detonations in the central Sulaiman Mountains occurring on May 25, 1995. International reactions to the tests varied, but were largely negative - more than half of the G11 nations imposed economic sanctions on West Punjab, and the test was condemned by the UN Security Council, while Japan and China both withdrew their ambassadors from the country and temporarily closed their embassies in Lahore.