Thursday, November 16, 2006

P-54 Pakistan test-fires medium-range -nuclear capable- missile

Pakistan test-fires medium-range missile

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan said it successfully test-fired a new version of its nuclear-capable medium-range missile Thursday — a show of power a day after peace talks with India that were criticized by domestic hard-liners..... The Ghauri 5 missile, with a range of 800 miles — easily capable of striking deep into India — was launched to mark the end of military exercises at an undisclosed location, an army statement said.

The Pakistani military statement said Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had witnessed the launch and congratulated scientists, engineers and the army for developing the new version of the missile..... "Pakistan can be justifiably proud of its defense capability and the reliability of its nuclear deterrence," he said, according to the statement..... Pakistan believes in peace that "comes from a position of strength and operational readiness," Aziz said.


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