Missile Agni V is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan 26, 2013. — Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: India wheeled out a new long-range nuclear missile that can hit anywhere in China and warned rival Pakistan not to take its friendship “for granted” as it celebrated its Republic Day with a big parade Saturday.

India successfully tested last April the Agni V missile, which has a range of 5,000 kilometres and can strike across the Chinese mainland and even hit targets as far away as Europe.

The first appearance in the annual parade of the Agni V — seen as marking a significant upgrade of India's nuclear deterrent — came along with the display of other military hardware acquired as part of a massive modernisation drive costing tens of billions of dollars.

The parade along New Delhi's ceremonial Rajpath, or King's Avenue, also included floats marking India's rich diversity and a tableau marking 100 years of Indian cinema wrapped in reels of film and embossed with movie names.

Large areas of the capital were sealed off for the celebrations — a traditional show of patriotic fervour — where Bhutan's king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was the chief guest.

India's shorter-range Agni I and II were developed with Pakistan in mind, while later versions reflect India's focus on China as well. India and China have prickly ties and a legacy of mistrust stemming from a brief border war in 1962.

On the eve of Republic Day, marking proclamation of India's constitution, President Pranab Mukherjee told Pakistan in his annual nationwide televised address that New Delhi's hand of friendship should “not be taken for granted”.

His speech, aired again on Saturday, came amid a ceasefire which took hold last week in disputed Kashmir after the nations agreed to halt cross-border firing that has threatened to unravel a fragile peace process.

“We believe in peace on the border and are always ready to offer a hand in the hope of friendship...but this hand should not be taken for granted,” he said.

Before the ceasefire, Pakistan said three of its soldiers died in firing by Indian troops along a de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two nations.

India, in turn, accused Pakistani troops of killing two of its soldiers, one of whom was beheaded, and the Himalayan region remains on edge.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since partition in 1947, two of them over Kashmir, a territory which both claim.

Snipers manned rooftops along the route of the parade in New Delhi while helicopters monitored the area from above. Tens of thousands of security forces were deployed in the capital and country for the holiday celebrated across India to mark when the nation's constitution took effect.

In his speech, president Mukherjee also said it was time for India to “reset its moral compass” following the gang-rape and murder of a student last month that ignited nationwide demonstrations to press for better safety for women.

The death of the 23-year-old woman, “who was a symbol of all that new India strives to be”, had shattered the nation's complacency, he said.

“We lost more than a valuable life — we lost a dream” and “we must look deep into our conscience and find out where we have faltered”, he said.

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January 26, 2013 4:09 pm
Zak, Before you call India "a starving dog," take a look at your own country - Pakistan
January 26, 2013 5:22 pm
Such display of hollow and painted tin cans will frighten neither Pakistan nor China.
January 27, 2013 3:00 pm
I Still remember the afghan terrorists were dancing whenever a american bomb fell on their soil for they had wasted a few millon dollars.What happened later?Afghanisthan was nearly flattened.Quiet similar words i find in ur comment.You have miles to go to catch up ..until then feel happy for chinese progress but not urs.Looks like pak.mindset will be like this forever.
Cyrus Howell
January 26, 2013 5:47 pm
Agree with you 100% Mohammed.
January 26, 2013 5:43 pm
That missile thing is hoax , its made out of cardboard and carefully painted to scare pak
Cyrus Howell
January 26, 2013 5:33 pm
Is that significant? North Korea has a missile parade every Saturday.
January 26, 2013 3:40 pm
Probably you remember recently that some metal fell off when pakistan tested its missile that was put togather with rore and duct tape
you cut yours
January 26, 2013 8:54 pm
Scenario for your home....There is a murderer outside your home, will you feed your children first or will you protect your home boundary first...there are malnourished everywhere but you cannot open country's borders to ruthless maniacs to come and murder your nation...
Arif Khan
January 26, 2013 12:10 pm
This piece of empty tin is sheer display of propaganda,such drums wont fly in case of outbreak of War!
January 26, 2013 5:49 pm
india is no longer poor.. it has so many rich people that u won't find anywhere in the world.. the property rates in india shored up in last decade making everyone a millionaire.. they just don't know how to use this money.. Government is poor, people are rich ...ppl don't pay taxes so lot of undocumented money in circulation. The poors are migrant labors from villages or from Bangladesh, who come in and build huts and live off of rags
January 26, 2013 10:07 pm
China is a hegemonic power historically. Both India and Pakistan should be wary of it.
January 26, 2013 2:07 pm
Another very hypocritical and self serving statements by the Indian leadership! The Indians beheaded Pakistani troops in Kargil on more than a few occasions. For them to cry over dubious claims of beheading and act as if this is something unprecedented is mischievous to say the least. Perhaps the editor/s of this newspaper should also notice this piece in the Hindustan Times: "In her ‘Confessions of a War Reporter’, published in June 2001 by Himal, a well-known Nepalese magazine, Barkha Dutt recounted how she witnessed a decapitated Pakistani soldier’s head at Kargil. This is what she wrote: “I had to look three times to make sure I was seeing right … “Look again,” said the army colonel, in a tone that betrayed suppressed excitement. This time, I finally saw. It was a head, the disembodied face of a slain soldier nailed onto a tree. “The boys got it as a gift for the brigade,” said the colonel, softly, but proudly.” There are other incident recounted as well. So what moral high ground and hand of friendship do the Indians talk about? We dispute their claims of the recent beheading, yet there is clear and corroborating evidence of them having done the same to our troops in the past!
January 26, 2013 4:15 pm
And I assume that you are an expert, Arif? Hope these drums never have to fly.
January 26, 2013 1:51 pm
India is a big and powerful country but has many problems like poverty India and Pak should not waste money on weapons and live like brothers.
January 26, 2013 3:06 pm
I appreciate the need for strong defence forces. But a country, whose police can't protect its people, has a long way to go before being called a superpower.
Secular no more
January 26, 2013 4:16 pm
Hee Sonika dont break the heart of my Pakistani friends...India neglecting Pakistan is some thing they cant stand......Guys dont worry Agni 5 is for you only....common cheers...:)
January 28, 2013 7:19 am
@ Javed. dont be too optimistic. coz if there is a war.. you will not be glad to have called this a hoax ;-).
Cyrus Howell
January 26, 2013 5:54 pm
So true. War between India and Pakistan is an unrelenting bragging contest.
January 26, 2013 5:10 pm
grapes are sour hahaha..........
Secular no more
January 26, 2013 4:13 pm
Assad i am with you....even if "Allah" comes to earth and tell never accept your are a true PAKISTANI you have all the qualities.....just save your nation now...its sinking.
Mohammed Yusaf Khan
January 27, 2013 5:07 pm
Thats the funniest thing i have read all day!!
January 26, 2013 2:08 pm
India can keep its warning for Naxalites , Pakistanis are not Gujarati or Kashmiri Muslims who can be killed freely by Hindu terrorists. Moderator you role is shady as I have seen Indians comments insulting Islam and Pakistan which you publish. Shame on you and dawn management
January 27, 2013 3:01 pm
Is it not -15%?...Check your facts
January 26, 2013 8:07 pm
Thanks for your kind words! it provided much needed comfort to us, but wait a minute dont you think if India ever use this big cylinder, then in return she will find similar on her horizon too. So the moral of story is, India will never use it -so we dont need to be worry- and in result she wont get any on her land -so you dont need to worry- so chill dear Sonika. THink about it ;)
choota khan
January 26, 2013 4:46 pm
Pakistan is a very powerful and rich country with homemade missiles,rich economy and high growth(15%) rate and is expected to surpass USA economy within 5 years. The west is misleading pak people with wrong figures. This is all anti Islamic propaganda
January 26, 2013 2:28 pm
Dirty Politics doing the trick in India where Congress is trying to win back 'rights' vote by deliberately giving extreme statements to match those of BJP. Attempt of diminishing the 'Rape' impact is a smaller factor.
Mohammad sabir
January 26, 2013 1:14 pm
how this article has mixed up two things in one article. Now the sense of article has completely changed. Pakistan is too much concerned about india than itself. Try to work on common man than worry about army.
January 27, 2013 12:31 am
But their were no Pakistani troops involved as per your ex president Gen. mushraffe. How could you blame Indian army for such a crime .Please do reply. I may be wrong but do not think so. Love you Pakistanis An Indian
Secular no more
January 26, 2013 4:02 pm
I agree with you dude...ask Pakistan to stop bothering the world and make it a peace full place to live...and then we will surely invest more on Poverty.
Pavas Ambashta
January 26, 2013 6:14 pm
Then be happy!!! Recently, I saw an episode of a talk show called "Defense and Diplomacy" in which Pakistani defense analyst were literally pissed off of Agni-V, Akula and Arihant Submarines. Tell them not to worry as it is just a "piece of empty tin". :P
January 26, 2013 4:21 pm
Zak you should know AGNI-V is totaly home DRDO...INDIA dont have need to take money from any other else....LOOK AT THE INDIANS...INDIANS have MITTAL...AMBANI...TATA...When india should not compair to china ...pakistan should not compair to INDIA... YOU PAKISTANAIS Have a big problem that you always think that every one is like pakkistn... DONT YOU THINK THAT YOU GUYS ALWAYS LIKE TO tHINK ABOUT INDIA ..WHEN WE DONT....I CAN SMELL SOMETHING ..MAY BE SOME THING BURNING..
January 26, 2013 6:21 pm
what a joke? India begging world bank ?...My friend you need to introspect and ask yourself..Which country in our neighborhood is with a "begging bowl"....India will alleviate poverty at the same time we will modernize our hardware just so to deter if some one like to play 'a ball game or two' in future.
January 26, 2013 1:52 pm
Agni-V is made for china only, Pakistan no need to worry...LOL
Secular no more
January 26, 2013 4:04 pm
Who asked you guys to see what we display in Our Republic Day...seriously we never watch what you guys do on your Independence day or any day for that matter....stop following us like a tail.
January 26, 2013 12:34 pm
Another useless and utterly unecessary weapon showed by India and tactic to pushed pakistan for showing their bloody latest one... Unable to understand the purpose behind it.(for both pak.and India)...i am sure india could give shelter hundred of thousands slums if they wanted, intsead put mony on missile. likewise pakistan.
alien indian
January 28, 2013 10:52 am
jealousy is injurious to health
January 26, 2013 4:10 pm
India's starvation is known to everybody - including you - as India is a democratic country with a free press. Who can see through China's iron curtain? Whatever China says you must believe, otherwise ....
January 28, 2013 7:31 am
In Pakistan, only 1 million out of 180 million pay taxes......In India 35% of the population pay taxes.....Look at the contrast
Mohammad sabir
January 26, 2013 8:22 pm
what do you mean by kashmiri muslims or gujrati? what have you done on terrorist attack killing more than 40000 people till now in pakista. And yes islam has been insulted by shia killing, exploding bombs at shrines and attacking teenagers like mallala. Don't be a war mongering chauvnist. There is hindu terrorist or not, Indians and nor any pakistani is required to interfere. India is capable to take care of itself. You first clean your house. And please don't pollute any religion or region with you lame comments.
January 27, 2013 12:58 am
India needs to understand that they should not take Pakistan's good gestures lightly, Pakistan is strong as well and cannot be bullied or impressed by the garbage display in Kings street. Go settle your your issues with your countrymen who raping innocent girls. Do something constructively instead of beating empty drums to scare Pakistan!!!!!!!!
January 26, 2013 4:06 pm
Not for China, all of this is for Pakistan (the golden goose). I wish Indians could live the happy, peaceful and prosperous life people in Pak are living.
romi singh
January 26, 2013 6:36 pm
I really can't understand how can you support chinese and hate India. If you really know the facts it's not Indians who stole technology from west but it is china.
January 26, 2013 3:53 pm
hey zak...mind it we r not like u people who lives on left over of china..... we r the nation who is with class culture and values ....what about u first look at yourself ....we Indians are not known as terrorists but what about u Pakistanis..... come on grow up
January 26, 2013 2:24 pm
slow at steady pace, but long march, if you desire for peace, prepare for war. some one said, but only prepare, not the war. equal make the friendship with mighty arm, but not with hidden agenda.war ending with suffering and destruction for common man, but rich man are safe, including king.but pawn are killed first, no sword never brought peace,
January 26, 2013 9:00 pm
Yah true but its a must for the safety of those 1 billion plus population bacause we got a mad neighbour. So its as important as providing food to our poor population. If pakistan wouldn't have exsisted we could have focus on our society evils with more n more devotion. But all for this hell neighbour...hope you got it???
Pavas Ambashta
January 26, 2013 6:08 pm
Do not worry about India, worry about about 6000 people being killed in Pakistan every year in suicide attacks, Worry about about your sinking economy. Worry about your international reputation where the word Pakistan has become synonymous with Terror. Worry about your ongoing wrestling between Judiciary and Government..India has able and stable leadership to worry about it's problems!! As far as the matter of Agni-V being shown in parade, I don't think it is anyhow related to Pakistan. Do not give so much importance to yourself. For such a small nation like Pakistan we do not need a missile with 5500 Km of range.
January 26, 2013 4:12 pm
You don't like a free give and take, Huh! Mr. Khan. I didn't see any one insulting Islam here. No one should insult some one else's religion.
raja hindustani
January 26, 2013 5:12 pm
Still Pakistan spending 25% of budget in defense to counter India.....isn't it..?? ;)
January 26, 2013 4:01 pm
The forefathers if entire PAKISTAN were only indians and mostly HINDUS. Every human being is same specially the INDIANS & PAKISTANIS share the same culture and DNA. Why hold grudges against a brotherly country by blood bonds ? Specially if you are an educated person exposed to international media? Please tone down your hatred by giving love ,affection and friendship a chance instead of burdening your younger generation with your miss conceived out dated personal apprehensions
January 27, 2013 4:44 pm
good joke khan...thank you..!
January 26, 2013 5:08 pm
look at your's country where our gdp egual to ours state maharashtra , china is powerful because they economic reforms from 1970 and india from 1991 so there is decade gap ..............
January 27, 2013 2:56 pm
I don't understand why Pakistan tests the missile that have already been tested by North Korea / China...May be they want to see whether it will fly under the new Pakistani flag....LOL
January 26, 2013 5:05 pm
Often the print media sensationalizes the news to prop up sale. Neither India or Pakistan are so dam foolish to unleash nuclear weapons on each other, nor do they have any will to do so. All such rhetorics are meant to appease each other's citizen.
M A Mufti
January 26, 2013 5:04 pm
I have long maintained that Dawn has outsourced the comment moderation to Banaras India
January 27, 2013 2:47 pm
Just because Pakistan gets its missiles from North Korea / China and paint it with Pakistan flags: do not think India does the same. Our missiles are designed and produced in our country and many people make their living because of that. Have you heard of our former President... Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam...a great scientist called Missile Man?
January 27, 2013 3:17 pm
I haven't seen a single comment insulting Islam, but a lot of comments criticizing Pakistanis.
January 26, 2013 2:57 pm
All this expense on Russian made missiles from borrowed money from world bank. Better feed their people. Forget china it's a dragon and India a starving dog.
January 26, 2013 3:37 pm according to u a country shouldn't have missiles coz it has slum........?? by that logic no country in world should have missiles.......remember ur general ur self said...pakistan will eat grass but make its u who is eating grass
January 27, 2013 3:09 pm
That's not cylinder my dear.... a missile....May be Pakistan is show-casing huge cylinders manufactured in Karachi, because they are short of money to buy from China / North Korea, who do not give anything free like gullible Americans
January 26, 2013 8:07 pm
First of all India should feed it,s 700 Millions hungry peoples then they should go out and show there muscles to any country all the the borrowed money from IMF and ADB.Let me clear one thing and that is true facets India alone has more hungry peoples and poverty then you put the entire world hunger and poverty together it would be fair to say that Indias only talk .Talk is cheap that is India.Half of India has no school no pave roads no Electricity and hospitals and yet they call them self the superpower maybe superpower of poverty that is for sure.
January 26, 2013 2:14 pm
Thanks Dawn. Do not worry, India will never attack any country, because it is not her way of living, but if she is attacked or provoke, never mind she has to fight back and every country has that right.
January 26, 2013 11:41 am
patakha hai...chalay ga bhe nahein
January 27, 2013 3:29 pm
in fact defense policy must go simultaneously with the modernization and development. you cannot wait till some neighboring country starts a war..Rather Indian government should increase it's productivity as that completely benefits Indian banks via loans and generate more employment..
Tahir Alam
January 27, 2013 5:14 pm
Then what are you doing here at Dawn's website?
January 26, 2013 8:01 pm
cost of the missile - 455 M USD in development stares starkly at poverty in India. Though, India remains no different then most wanna be super powers who run to spend any extra cash they have in government to increased armament. 30% of all malnourished children live in India (this actually beats sub-saharan Africa). And yet it is important to build these useless pieces of scrap metal .... should we be proud of it or ashamed of it? You decide .....
January 26, 2013 7:52 pm
Thanks for your assurance, by the way it is understandable that if India is "attacked" then she has a right -like every country- to fight back, but I am bit puzzled by your usage of "or provoke"? Provoke by whom? Indian Politician? Media? or retired Generals and diplomats? We agreed that India has a substantial military might, but it is also a fact that it wont make anybody extremely worry -apart from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Burma & Bangladesh- because we know that if India ever dare to use that multi billion dollar arsenal -shown in parade-, in result of her so called "provocation", which can destroy any country accused for provocation, but it is dooms day scenario for a region, bear in mind that few of her neighbours -in response- are very much capable to send her in "One upon a time" state. We hope for peace for great people of India, Pakistan and China and pray that Indian establishment would not be provoked at any stage in future.
Md. Sayeed
January 26, 2013 7:51 pm
Even shooting in schools happens in USA, disaster do happen and then see marines killing suspected troops and terrorists thousands of miles away from their land via drones and Seals carrying out operation deep within foreign territory and the country in which the operation takes place can only watch. We call this superpower. Hope you get it now.
January 27, 2013 3:38 pm
you are destroying your own country with your own hands..
January 27, 2013 3:34 pm
India has good relations with china from past 30 years and has faith in it's policies but I am sure we are afraid of Pakistan because of it's failed governance which could ultimately lead to talibanisation.
January 26, 2013 7:40 pm
And you know it because.....??? Denail, denial, denial!!
January 27, 2013 1:29 pm
Shall we also count the number of soldiers and people killed by Terrorists supported, armed and trained by Pakistani Military?
January 27, 2013 12:59 pm
Zak firs you think about yourself...then comment on
January 28, 2013 6:26 am
Congratulations 5 years in advance! for being No 1 in world!
January 28, 2013 6:32 am
None of the people, who have expended such emotions commenting on the article, are gaining anything. If one were to spend the same time on something more worthwhile, like say focusing on work or helping another man in need, it would do both them and their countries a world of good. Have a very nice life.
January 27, 2013 1:03 am
Lets just be honest to ourselves.. there is no love affair between Indian Army and Pakistani Army... The people of both countries do share common ideology of peace... Pakistani politicians are busy through dirt on each other and they find the Indian topic useless in the election campaign whereas in India... the politicians use Pakistan topic to get political mileage.... Indians army know very well that if they ever decided to go for war with either China or Pakistan...the whole region will be destroyed..... these are deterrents against any aggression....
Timbuktoo ke Raja Bhaiyya
January 27, 2013 12:43 am
For all our friends across the border who are bemused at ... ohh such a crude display ... how many of you were dancing around the "radioactive" model hills ? To those worried about wasting money on Russian technology ...when you get it from China it becomes brotherly love? Because the Chinese first get it from Russia and then donate it cheaper? Since your situation is so much better off maybe the World Bank will give you even more money for getting missiles, no? Steve Jobs hai hai. Kitten auto- correct bekaar ke karae.
January 27, 2013 12:23 am
Dear Pakistani brothers - let government and media do their job!! We as ordinary people should always focus on what we know is in our best interests. And that is Peace, Prosperity and Good relationships. Look at Imran Khan, who is trying to bring hope to Pakistan, by advocating better relationships with India. And I hope India will also reciprocate in same way. This way we will not spend our hard earned money on killing fellow human beings and instead spend on education and feeding the poor in our countries. I stretch out my hand of friendship to all similar thinking Pakistanis. Let us use our strength to create a long lasting bond of good will and hope. There is no need for Jingo-ism and Macho-ism, no one in their right mind will want war... it is the worst thing that can happen to any civilisation.
Bikram Singh
January 27, 2013 10:58 am
we are bound to do this only because we have neighboring country like pakistan.
January 27, 2013 8:54 am
@zak: show me any Russian missile look like Agni-5...........foolishness
January 27, 2013 12:33 pm
India dont even care. If enemies like nuclear war then so be it. Remember India has second strike capability two layered Anti balistic missile with accuracy of 99.9%. Thats why India said If enemy strikes then India has the every right to reply.
January 28, 2013 6:36 am
It served the purpose.
January 27, 2013 12:37 pm
India has Anti ballistic missile. LOL Hence dear you dont have to worry about India, worry about your country.
Bikram Singh
January 27, 2013 11:08 am
need mind to understand
January 27, 2013 8:25 am
The figures given are old....!
January 27, 2013 1:02 pm
Zak you are ill informed.India long ago stop loan from world Bank or IMF. India has given a corpus of 10 billion for the revival of Europian economy after the fall of Greece economy. The hero of the nuclear & missile development in India was made a President, but Pakistan put his founder father of nuclear bomb in hose arrest. What a contrast!
January 27, 2013 11:15 am
lol .... i think we should be shamed of cowards like you nevertheless !
True Indian
January 26, 2013 6:47 pm
who is talking dude...who take money from US for salt and giving adivce to us...we are 2nd fast growing country in world and wait for another 5 years...then you will see a superpower...
January 26, 2013 6:45 pm
Really John? Why don't you scratch your rusty brain.
January 27, 2013 2:59 pm
It has been burning from August 1947 and its all pervading......So you are not mistaken about its source
January 26, 2013 6:44 pm
Arif , what happened between last wars between India and Pakistan. Don't read history written by Moulanas from Madrassas.
January 28, 2013 8:46 am
Hi Assad, Are you sure that it is a head of Pakistani soldier? I heard that only Mujahideen were brave enough to scale the peaks in Kargil and all Pakistani soldiers were just watching the show from their base camps.. Musharaff himself claimed that and refused to accept the bodies of the fighters who were killed in the war. You see how Pakistan treats people who fight for the nation?
January 26, 2013 6:40 pm
Zak, Hear burn is justified. But use your brain too. Who rules the IT world? By the way why did Pakistan take 11 days to respond to India's nuclear explosions ? - Because the instructions were in Chinese
January 27, 2013 12:20 am
Please do get your facts right before writing such comments.
January 28, 2013 7:10 am
"peaceful and prosperous life people in Pak are living". I am not sure if this is sarcasm or you really mean it. Either way, it is very funny :)
January 27, 2013 7:43 am
It does take quite a bit of arrogance and shamelessness to talk about indian slums when the highest infant mortality in South Asia below age 5 ( 87 / lakh population) is in Pakistan.
January 27, 2013 7:26 am
Donot read Dawn then, who is forcing you?
anil gupta
January 27, 2013 10:54 am
It is indigenous production, not borrowed from Russia/USA, apart from learning technology and gaining its entry into "top 5 miliatry" , its of practically no use. I would prefer opening more schools and colleges.
January 27, 2013 11:22 am
do u also dispute the 3 dead pakistanis soldiers who were killed by Indian army in retaliation n revenge ? wake up ... you sow as you reap !
January 27, 2013 1:24 pm
Agar chalega to tu dikhega bhe nae....
January 27, 2013 6:15 pm
is it ? get a tin mug, fill it with water and run, coz if they decide to fire one of them, your pants might get wet and dirty !!! May the peace prevail !
Md Imran
January 27, 2013 6:55 pm
So, we have a castiest India where 75% of people live below poverty. There are no roads or water, and their politicians nor military has any guts to fight, yet they want spend money on arms and take around painted cans on trucks ! Hey India, how many wars have you won ? Give up hopes of competing with a far wealthier,richer and superior Pakistan and China..we both are destined to be superpowers, but not India. No wonder India wants to talk "peace" all the time !
anil kumar
January 27, 2013 7:15 pm
@Zak, Your comparison of dragon and starving dog doesn't annoy us at all as I can see the clear frustration in you . But If I start saying with same tone , then You will be hurt . You come in the list of failed nations . You have got a country , which was created on the basis of religion , have got a language originated from battle field , have got a culture which is a borrowed one , got a religion , which is a imposed one . We stick to our culture and language . We don't care what anybody says about , we care how we can stand as a nation in this world . Too much anger is not good for health and mind .
January 27, 2013 7:24 pm
Perfect. but Think before saying "Hollow " because new kind of Tin is tested today... with 700 km range.
January 27, 2013 7:26 pm
Have you forgotten Heena Khar Rabbani ???
Purnendu Singh
January 27, 2013 8:09 pm
We, the people of India and Pakistan sow guns in our fields instead of rice and wheat. That is why millions go hungry in our nations whereas those who sell us arms get rich on our expense. When will this end ? If Germany, Britain and France can peacefully coexist in one union, what is wrong with India and Pakistan? We were not bitter enemies 70 years back, instead were brothers.
January 27, 2013 8:22 pm
you are free to comment on 'Times of India ' website .. no one will stop you ... internet is a free entity and is beyond the boundaries of nations! Grow-up and do not bring Islam into everything !! shame on you rather !!
January 27, 2013 8:37 pm
Yes we remember Mukesh, you refers the Pakistani missile test when derbies were found on the way, while it hits the set target successfully. Just refreshing your memory too, we also remember the funny video on youtube when Indian missile took reverse gear and according to "FOX NEWS" Indian ministry of defence declined for the comments over phone, as the people responsible to give a statement were at the test site :) hope they were fine :) hope they will also issue the latest test video on youtube :)
January 28, 2013 12:53 am
I would love to see both India and Pakistan to be very rich and powerfully . But please tell me why Pakistan continues to borrow money from the west for various projects?You do know both India And Pakistan need assistance from the western countries to improve the living conditions of the Poor .It is better to except the facts rather than denying them.Trust you will understand.
January 28, 2013 1:29 am
Those who suffered economic losses and lost their houses in Muzaffarabad earthquake are still living in tents & internal refugee camps. Those who lost their livelihoods in floods haven't received any compensation and all the money that Pakistan collected for relief went to lining up the pockets of politicians, administrators & generals. We help our people, struck by natural disasters, with our own money. In fact we have helped Srilanka & Indonesia with their tsunami rescue efforts. Your Navy is not to be seen anywhere near the area. you people live on scraps thrown by China, US, UK etc.
January 28, 2013 8:33 am
Markhor is food for Tiger
January 27, 2013 2:05 am
Thanks the Dawn for balanced reporting. I also went through the comments available on the website. In fact, I am of the considered view that the majority people of both countries do not war, but the ruling class uses emotional statements and force the majority people to think over in terms of war. We got entrapped in our thinking and begin to think the neighbouring country is our biggest enemy. Terrorists attack and the border skirmishes sometimes add fuel to fire. We are living in democratic countries. The mindset must change. We can only hope. Yours faithfully; BIMAL CHANDRA JHA Samanpura Road, Patna, India
January 27, 2013 3:29 am
Until and Unless Pakistan is on world map, India can not divert funds for other purposes even for the its own citizen welfare.
January 27, 2013 3:39 am
this "china dragon" was once poorer than India. if they can become dragons then what Indians can become. keep that in mind dude.
January 27, 2013 4:20 am
Zak, u must get your facts right b4 u comment.. well all this DRAGON / DOG comments are understandable from a minuscule minority of frustrated pakistani like you.. I pray better sense prevails in minds of plp like you.. God Bless
January 27, 2013 4:28 am
Totally agree with you Dev..
January 27, 2013 4:28 am
well said sabir..
January 27, 2013 9:46 am
A drama staged by Indians to scare her neighborers. They know that if they even think of using these show pieces they will get it back in their right places. Just feel happy by displaying your wasteful expenditure, Indian! don't you make the mistake of ever using it.
January 27, 2013 4:47 am
Well said.... That's why our national animal is Tiger where it will never attack anyone if it is attacked it will maul them all.
January 27, 2013 4:57 am
just check the figure again and again are 30 % or just around 9 % then too a huge population that is very small numbers as compare to pakistan those have merely 20 billion population and there 40 % child are suffer from malnutrition
January 27, 2013 4:59 am
zak not tell the story of pakistan all world know pakistan just mere paints on chinese missiles nd say pakistan make test of missiles see yourself u even not a fly at least india are dog HAHAHAHA
January 27, 2013 5:06 am
Friendship for granted......... My Foot. India fires all the time across the line of control....being ex military i can prove that....thousands of Kashmiri civilians are massacared every month...... India is still not serious about because it cannot afford annoying Shev Sena.
January 27, 2013 5:07 am
YOu wont but Shev Sena would love to start a war.
January 27, 2013 5:24 am
india has no intention to use it and india has never ever attacked any country. These arms are for self defense and our leaders have repeatedly said this. I also believe in peace and hope that these missiles will never be used in indian subcontinent. But it is my humble request to you that please stop glorifying your nuke bomb and missile because if you ever use it, india will suffer a huge damage but Pakistan will be wiped out from the face of this earth. Hope better sense will prevail on both sides
January 28, 2013 9:16 am
As long as you think they are just empty tin cons then their is nothing to be concerned About my brother.Let India pile up as many empty cans as she wishes.
January 27, 2013 5:44 am
you guys are not worth the cost of missile.,,And by the way,what could you do with US drones ,that hammer you everyday?
January 27, 2013 5:45 am
then why are you guys so scared?
January 27, 2013 5:53 am
@ZAK We need such deterrent to maintain the peace in the region. After all that Arsenel is for our defence only but not to intimidate neighbors. Look at your own nukes. At any time they can destroy your nation. Terrorists have their eyes on them.
January 27, 2013 5:59 am
First of all, Forget about India. Let your leadets try to avoid impending DEFAULT.
January 27, 2013 6:10 am
"India a starving dog" Wow! If I replaced India with "Pakistan" here and posted this comment, I would probably kiss my comment goodbye. But hey dynamic and free Pakistani press...hoo haa...
January 27, 2013 6:59 am
sour grapes ;)
January 27, 2013 7:03 am
When China takes on India, that time 90% of malnourished children will be found in India. Shame is a luxury we do not have
January 27, 2013 7:06 am
atleast india would be left with once upon a time state, however it will ensure there will be nothing left of her enemy, and the existence of it will remain in history books. We all know who provokes everytime and you don't seem to be so naive to divert it on indian politicans, media or whoever... i am proud of india and its policies.. india's neighbour should have thank their lords that they don't have US or Israel sitting beside them.
January 27, 2013 7:16 am
for your FYI, India's nuclear policy is 'no first use', and its common sense that if you think of going nuclear then there would be some reactions too.. may be some sort of retaliation as well, however i know my country and unless there is a nuclear missile attack which covers even 5-10 km radius as her neighbour seem to posses them, then i can only fear for india's retaliation with a full scale attack from all sides... so ball's in india's neighbours court ;) think bot it too :)
January 27, 2013 8:26 am
Read Dawn carefully security !
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