Two weeks ago Pakistan test-fired an intermediate range ballistic missile, seen as a response to arch-rival India`s launch of its new long-range Agni V, capable of hiting targets anywhere in China.
|Hatf III ballistic Ghaznavi missile|
Pakistan army on Thursday successfully test-fired short range ballistic missile Hatf III (Ghaznavi), capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometers. In a statement, ISPR said the training-launch was conducted at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise aimed at testing the operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group. “The field exercise of the ASFC was witnessed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani, Commander Karachi Corps Lieutenant General Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry, Chairman NESCOM Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, and other senior military officials and scientists,” ISPR said. Addressing the troops in the exercise area, the CJCSC commended the troops on displaying a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the state of the art weapon system. The launch of the Hatf III, which has a range of up to 290 kilometres (200 miles) and can also carry conventional warheads, came at the end of a field training exercise, a military statement said. Two weeks ago Pakistan test-fired an intermediate range ballistic missile, seen as a response to arch-rival India's launch of its new long-range Agni V, capable of hitting targets anywhere in China. India and Pakistan -- which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 -- have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have congratulated the scientists and military officials over the successful test of the missile. ____________________________________________________