South Asia:  Pakistan launches Ghaznavi Ballistic Missile

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By Muhammad Luqman

Amid rising tensions with neighbouring  India, Pakistan has successfully carried out the night training launch of Ghaznavi, a surface to surface ballistic missile.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday,  the  missile “is capable of delivering multiple types of warheads up to 290 kilometres.

The president and prime minister “conveyed appreciation to the team and congratulations to the nation” for the successful testing of the missile, chief of army’s media wing said.

Earlier in May this year, Pakistan conducted a successful training launch of Shaheen-II, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

In January, Pakistan witnesses another successful launch of the tactical ballistic missile Nasr as part of the Army Strategic Forces Command training exercise.

The missile is capable of defeating — by assured penetration — “any currently available BMD [Ballistic Missile Defence] system in our neighbourhood or any other system under procurement [or] development”, the military’s media wing had said.

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