Pakistan conducts successful ‘training launch’ of short-range missile

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Islamabad, July 6 (IANS) Pakistan has conducted a successful “training launch” of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile ‘Nasr’, the military announced on Wednesday.

According to a report in Pakistan daily Dawn, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa witnessed the “training launch” of missile.

Nasr is a high-precision weapon system with the ability to be deployed quickly, the military said.

“Pakistan has successfully undertaken a series of training launches and tests and trials during the current week for validation of new technical parameters of ‘Nasr’ with enhanced range from 60 km to 70 km and flight maneuverability,” the military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a tweet.

The ISPR said the weapon system will “augment credible deterrence against the prevailing threat spectrum” more effectively, including anti-missile defenses deployed by hostile forces.

“Nasr has put cold water on [the] Cold Start [doctrine],” Bajwa was quoted as saying.

“Pakistan will go to any length to ensure regional peace and stability. We wholeheartedly support all government efforts at peace through dialogue. Our capability is only meant to ensure [peace]; no one thinks war remains an option,” Bajwa added.

–IANS

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