Pak­istan’s de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity is ‘im­preg­nable’: PM Gi­lani

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani on Tues­day said Pak­istan's de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity was "im­preg­nable" and should never be chal­lenged.

Ad­dress­ing at the suc­cess­ful launch of Medium Range Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile Hatf V (Ghauri) that can carry both con­ven­tional and nu­clear war­heads over a dis­tance of 1300 Kms, Gi­lani said Pak­istan's nu­clear weapons were safe, fully se­cure and un­der a multi lay­ered com­mand and con­trol sys­tem. He said the launch also sends the right sig­nals in­ter­na­tion­ally that Pak­istan's de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity is im­preg­nable. "The test am­ply demon­strates the cred­i­bil­ity of min­i­mum de­ter­rence strat­egy, which is the cor­ner­stone of our se­cu­rity pol­icy and en­sures peace in the re­gion," Gi­lani said in his ad­dress at the undis­closed test site. The launch of the liq­uid fuel mis­sile was con­ducted by the Strate­gic Mis­sile Group of the Army Strate­gic Force Com­mand at the end of a field train­ing ex­er­cise aimed at test­ing the op­er­a­tional readi­ness.

Ghauri bal­lis­tic mis­sile is a liq­uid fuel mis­sile which can carry both con­ven­tional and nu­clear war­heads over a dis­tance of 1300 Kms. Prime Min­is­ter Gi­lani said Pak­istan was a re­spon­si­ble nation with an ex­tremely re­li­able nu­clear ca­pa­bil­ity. "We do not har­bor any ag­gres­sive de­signs against any­one. We wish to live in peace with honor and dig­nity and our nu­clear ca­pa­bil­ity is in­fact our de­ter­rence against all forms of ag­gres­sion," Prime Min­is­ter Gi­lani said.

"Let there be no doubt that Pak­istan's Armed Forces are highly pro­fes­sional, mo­ti­vated and fully ca­pa­ble of safe­guard­ing Pak­istan's se­cu­rity against all types of ag­gres­sion." Prime Min­is­ter Gi­lani as­sured that the Pak­istani nation and his govern­ment stand fully be­hind its armed forces and sup­port its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­gramme.

"Pak­istan is not only here to stay but will also grow from strength to strength in the pur­suit of es­tab­lish­ing its right­ful place in the com­mu­nity of strong and pros­per­ous na­tions."

Prime Min­is­ter Gi­lani con­grat­u­lated all ranks of the Army Strate­gic Force Com­mand on the suc­cess­ful launch of Ghauri In­ter­me­di­ate Range Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile. He said it was ex­tremely heart­en­ing to wit­ness Army Strate­gic Force Com­mand troops go­ing through the tac­ti­cal ex­er­cise in re­al­is­tic op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ment to the test the "ex­tremely po­tent strate­gic mis­sile." -App

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari and Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani ex­chang­ing views dur­ing meet­ing at Ai­wan-e-Sadr. -App

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