Pakistan tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile

ISLAMABAD Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:02pm IST

1 of 2. This still image from a Pakistan military handout shows a medium range ballistic missile Hatf V (Ghauri) being fired during a test at an undisclosed location in Pakistan November 28, 2012. Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Wednesday that can hit targets up to 1,300 km (807 miles) away, the military said.Pakistan's Hatf-V is a medium-range ballistic missile, capable of reaching targets in India.

Credit: Reuters/Pakistan Military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)/Handout

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Wednesday that can hit targets up to 1,300 km (807 miles) away, the military said.

Pakistan's Hatf-V is a medium-range ballistic missile, capable of reaching targets in India.

"The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan's deterrence capability and national security," the military said in a release.

Pakistan and India have been developing missiles of varying ranges since they conducted nuclear tests in May 1998.

U.S. intelligence estimates last year put the number of nuclear weapons developed by Pakistan at 90 to 110. Analysts say its nuclear arsenal is the fastest growing in the world.

Pakistan, like neighbouring India, is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. It says its nuclear weapons capability is a deterrent against India's much larger conventional military.

(Reporting by Sheree Sardar; Writing by Randy Fabi; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Trade Deal

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Record High

Record High

Nifty hits record high on foreign buying, higher Asian stocks.  Full Article 

Bullish on Equities

Bullish on Equities

Bullish on Indian equities, but gains seen 'less sharp'- Goldman Sachs  Full Article 

BRICS Bank

BRICS Bank

World Bank chief welcomes new BRICS development bank.  Full Article 

Streamlining Operations

Jet Streamlines

Jet Airways chairman says looking to restructure debts, talking to bankers  Full Article 

Political Economy

Political Economy

Analysis - Watch what markets don't do as world politics turns nasty   Full Article 

Photo

Honda's India Thrust

Honda's India unit to account for 25 pct of Asia Pacific sales by March 2017 - exec   Full Article 

 Boosting Output

Boosting Output

NMDC plans to boost iron ore output by two-thirds  Full Article 

Apple Results

Apple Results

Apple margin concerns fade, focus shifts to iPhone launch  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage