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    Pakistan tests N-capable missile http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top2.htm&date=20061117 ISLAMABAD, Nov 16: Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 18, 2006
      Pakistan tests N-capable missile
      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top2.htm&date=20061117


      ISLAMABAD, Nov 16: Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful launch
      of the intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf V (Ghauri) and was
      witnessed by the Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

      The launch was carried out by the troops of the Army Strategic Forces
      Command (ASFC) at the culmination phase of a training exercise held to
      test the operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group (SMG)
      equipped with Ghauri missiles.

      President Pervez Musharraf had handed over the highly accurate Ghauri
      missiles to the ASFC some years back. The Ghauri missile has a range
      of 1300km.

      Today's launch exercise was also witnessed by Vice Chief of Army Staff
      General Ahsan Saleem Hayat and a large number of senior military
      officers, scientists and engineers of the strategic organisations.

      The prime minister congratulated the officers and other ranks of the
      ASFC on the high standards achieved during training which was
      reflected in the successful launch and the accuracy of the missile in
      reaching the target.

      He said that Pakistan could be justifiably proud of its defence
      capability and the reliability of its nuclear deterrence. He said
      Pakistan believed in peace that comes from a position of strength and
      operational readiness.

      The defence of the country was not negotiable. He made it clear that
      Pakistan's nuclear capability had matured and was consolidated as a
      fully operationalised capability in the last seven years.

      The three services had raised effective Strategic Forces to handle the
      nation's nuclear capability in all dimensions and were equipped to
      handle the strategic assets in the field.—PPI

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