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Pakistan test fires short-range missile

Pakistan on Thursday successfully test fired nuclear-capable Hatf-III ballistic missile with a range of 290 km that could hit targets in India.

world Updated: May 10, 2012 14:27 IST

Pakistan on Thursday successfully test fired nuclear-capable Hatf-III ballistic missile with a range of 290 km that could hit targets in India.

As the test was conducted, a top Pakistani military official said the country had developed a "strong nuclear deterrence capability" and was fully capable of thwarting any aggression

A statement issued by the military described the "training launch" of the short-range Hatf III or Ghaznavi missile as successful.

"The launch was conducted at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise of the Army Strategic Force Command," the statement said.

The military did not say where the exercise was conducted.

It said the missile could carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 km.

The training exercise was aimed at "testing the operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group," the statement said.

Addressing troops in the exercise area, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne said the country had "developed a strong nuclear deterrence capability."

He said: "Pakistan's Armed Forces are fully capable of safeguarding Pakistan's security against aggression."