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A view of the metal pieces, now said to be parts of the Hatf-V Ghauri's motor,  which fell on some villages in Sindh province's Dadu district on Wednesday night.—Dawn Photo
Photos show the metal pieces, now said to be parts of the Hatf-V Ghauri's motor, which fell on some villages in Sindh province's Dadu district on Wednesday night.—Dawn Photo

KARACHI: The mysterious metallic objects, which fell from the sky baffling villagers in Dadu late Wednesday night, were parts of Pakistan’s Hatf V Ghauri missile, a spokesman for the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Friday.

“The metal parts found in a remote area of Dadu, as reported in media today, were part of the motor body, which separated from the missile as planned, well within the safety corridor,” said a statement by the ISPR.

“It was ensured that at no point, would human life or property be at risk. There is no cause for alarm or concern,” the spokesman concluded.

Pakistan conducted a test of the mid-range nuclear capable ballistic missile on Wednesday. The liquid-fuelled missile, capable of carrying both conventional as well as nuclear payload, has a range of 1300 kilometres.

Fear and bewilderment overtook some parts of Dadu district after the mysterious objects fell on a number of villages late on Wednesday, the Dawn newspaper had reported.

The biggest fragment weighing 187 kilograms fell on a ground in Allah Jurio Lund village, 30 kilometres from Dadu. Other pieces fell on Pir Mashaikh, Shehak Rodnani and Khandhani  villages.

There were no injuries or damage to property.

Military authorities were reported to have taken possession of the “heavy pieces of engine and other metallic objects, believed to be splinters of a satellite or missile”.

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Comments (33) Closed

Dec 03, 2012 03:09am
Why not test it over certain parts of North Waziristan?
Dec 01, 2012 01:08pm
Pakistan Army at its best....:)
Chaudhry Boota
Dec 02, 2012 04:11pm
Safety corridor means, ' punjab'....get it!
Nov 30, 2012 03:20pm
What would be the shame in admitting that the missile simply blew up in midair ? Pakistani state is experts in lying and now have no credibility.
Nov 30, 2012 01:27pm
Did the missile reach the intended target.
Nov 30, 2012 12:56pm
Missile disintegrating?
Nov 30, 2012 03:25pm
How they ensured safety of villagers? were they controlling the falling objects by remote control? If those pieces have fallen on homes, it would have caused several casualties because those were burning piece. There is some more info which ISPR is not disclosing.
A. Etchen
Nov 30, 2012 03:18pm
The ISPR statement is shameful. If ISPR did not lie and the missile actually disintegrated at the right position in accordance with the test plan, then God save us from our missile makers. They do not know how to choose test flight paths, or there is a serious flaw in their technical abilities to make and use missiles.
Nov 30, 2012 03:51pm
google a little on the subject before raising such questions...even a brief reading of the above article can help
Nov 30, 2012 04:26pm
Can we have some news/comments on Military Affairs affecting Civilian lives without over-reliance on ISPR's version? I am fed up hearing such words as "Safety", "security", in military related stories...
Nov 30, 2012 04:29pm
Everything is shouded in secrecy and there is hardly any prior information availabe in the media about upcoming test firing of missiles by Pakistan. On the other hand one can see reports about upcoming missile tests by India. Success or failures are visible to everyone. I doubt Pakistan has infrastructure to make a missile of its own.
Nov 30, 2012 04:31pm
Yes it did
Nov 30, 2012 05:06pm
No, probably Made in China.
MO usa
Nov 30, 2012 05:13pm
IT may have reached 13 miles insted of 1300 ?
Dec 01, 2012 01:14am
made in china !!
Nov 30, 2012 07:03pm
I was not expecting dawn would have publish such news to public...
Nov 30, 2012 07:29pm
It is a three-part, three-stage missile. First two parts have to disintegrate in midair, one by one, after a certain distance. The last part, carrying the warhead, hits the target. Everyone who has studied/worked on ballistics knows that. This was probably the second part which disintegrated during the second stage. Usually these missiles are tested over uninhabited areas of Balochistan, so these things never become news. They probably had a different trajectory this time, due to larger distance, and stage two disintegration must have happended over Sindh.
Nov 30, 2012 11:43pm
Mechanical things are mechanical. Even the Challenger made by the world's best engineers disintegrated. Pakistan needs to keep on going and modernizing it's arsenals for the bad times. This should not be a set back because it's enemies are frightened.
Dec 01, 2012 12:07am
Its a 2 stage separated missile just like aerospace missile, where the initial stage separates after 45sec to a 90sec of launch... yeah it hit its target if anyone is still wondering...
Sherry Manzoor
Dec 01, 2012 04:13am
Missile parts falling in the middle of villages, that is how they make sure that human life or property is not at risk. not to mention this was told to be a successful test.
Nov 30, 2012 09:26pm
Nov 30, 2012 09:27pm
Dec 03, 2012 03:04am
What part?
Vishnu Dutta
Dec 05, 2012 07:07am
Well if those pieces were really intended to fall in the said location then why didnt army come and retrieve them before wandering villagers did? May be not part of missile at all. Some American UAV?
Dec 04, 2012 07:48pm
a woman's grasp of politics!
Dec 01, 2012 01:41am
Article says:
Dec 01, 2012 09:53am
Correct yourself!!. No missile can be fire from Pakistan OR India without prior information to each other.
Dec 03, 2012 02:55am
Don't forget - sovereignty
Cyrus Howell
Nov 30, 2012 10:06pm
"There is no cause for alarm or concern,
Dec 01, 2012 06:02am
why not carry the missile test via arabian sea route always endangers civilians below
Dec 01, 2012 07:29am
It is Ok if it did not succeed. It is absolutely OK in science. Trying is imp.......illogical reasoning will not solve issues.........
Rohit Nigam
Dec 02, 2012 05:38pm
well said!
Dec 03, 2012 03:02am
"There is some more info which ISPR is not disclosing." - Not surprising.