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