The image shows a successful test fire of a missile by Pakistan. — Photo by Online/File

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Wednesday conducted a successful launch of intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf-IV (Shaheen-1).

The missile incorporates a series of improvements in range and technical parameters of the existing warhead and is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 900 kilometres, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.

Wednesday’s launch, with its impact point at sea, was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General (retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman Nescom Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior military officers, scientists and engineers

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April 10, 2013 5:44 am
Funny when country is facing toughest economic crunch it has ever seen since its existence, there is no lack of defence spending. Its not difficult to interpret the mindset of stakeholders in Pakistan.
Ghulam Hussain
April 10, 2013 5:53 am
April 10, 2013 6:00 am
April 10, 2013 6:30 am
Feed your people who are dying of abject poverty....
April 10, 2013 6:50 am
Please invest a bit in power sector as well, I need electricity for my work rather than missiles.
April 10, 2013 6:57 am
Yea it does not matter if people have no electric or water or gas. This testing should go on to save us from uhhhh what?
Ali Jamal
April 10, 2013 7:05 am
Pakistan Zinda Abad
The Hindu
April 10, 2013 7:09 am
Nazir K Ali
April 10, 2013 7:27 am
When will we CIVILIANS be invited to witness a launch? When will we honest and law-abiding CIVILIANS be given a real time (overview) briefing of the missile's capabilities? Nevertheless, congratulations. Salams
Mir Dost Brohi
April 10, 2013 7:41 am
A Humble Request from Bangkok Instead of Testing Missile our Beloved Should Allocate on Poverty Reduction, Promotion of Education, Health and Image Development of Country. Now Even We Can not get Visa for Indonesia because we are Pakistan. Don't waste Nations Money our Beloved Army.
April 10, 2013 7:54 am
only 900km ? ;)
April 10, 2013 7:57 am
country is becoming nuclear super power and you still crying for electricity.think big ;)
April 10, 2013 8:08 am
Congratulation to All Pakistani, with regards of CIVILIANS be invited to witness a launch, it cannot be possible.
April 10, 2013 8:24 am
Army is doing its work no matter wat other departments are doing. It is doing wat it bounds to do under defence budget. Better blame the rulers if they can invest 40 bn on roads or even worst trillions of curruptions rather then power.
Abdur Razzaque
April 10, 2013 9:12 am
Congratulations! Now it is the time for another test that is ahead in front of the nation. It is the test for democracy, test for the establishment of the Islamic ideology. Insha-allah, the Pakistani nation will be able to acquire it!
April 10, 2013 9:40 am
Thank you for enlightning me. :P
April 10, 2013 9:43 am
O, Pakistan come to your senses! Think seriously about wasting your precious means mercilessly; destroying itself, cheating its poor masses making them destined to suffer from the miseries of life. Making progress by leaps and bounds against the destruction of humans!
April 10, 2013 10:46 am
Long live pakistan and its armed forces <3
April 10, 2013 10:56 am
It will be more funny when you will be blaming this defence for not saving the country from neighbors. You should give army the credit for doing exceptional developments in the limited defence budget. If there is economic problems then its the government that should be held accountable for matchless corruption!
April 10, 2013 11:00 am
I hope its a satire, right?
Md Imran
April 10, 2013 11:00 am
AoA! Nobody can deny our right to exist as a superpower
mir ibrahim
April 10, 2013 11:09 am
very right , Maryam
April 10, 2013 11:10 am
Congratulations Pakistan and Pakistan Army.. Love U
April 10, 2013 11:28 am
country tested atomic bomb in 1998 but the problems still exist, in fact growing day by day. you think there is use of more and more missiles?
April 10, 2013 11:43 am
Love this right wing sarcasm :)
April 10, 2013 11:43 am
Don't forget your enemy in the east. Keep making more and more missiles and bombs, like North Korea.
April 10, 2013 12:14 pm
It is a pity that they painted the missile red. Choice of green color would have been better. BTW, did it strike the target?
April 10, 2013 12:18 pm
We understand we are going through economic crises but does not mean we stop R&D in defense system. When a man is going through tough financial crises he does not stop educating his children or take them out once for a nice meal. Congratulations Pakistan, Allahu Akbar.
April 10, 2013 12:20 pm
A remarkable achievement which few countries can boast about. However at the cost of sounding unpatriotic it has come at a price. Significant budget allocations, no transparency and no accountability. All this from civilians hard earned money and the only return for it is our own self destruction. Boys with toys. Majority here dont even know the effect of a nuclear holocaust and I am uncertain where the nuclear waste is going.So many questions and no answers. Ignorance is bliss until it comes back to bite us, then people start asking why, when and what but then it is too late.
April 10, 2013 12:20 pm
I do not understand this criticism.. What wrong with a test? There are teams of engineers and people employed since years to bring about improvements and they are just doing their work... Should they stop working until there is no more loadshedding throughout country? Should those people be laid off and they head overseas, causing us more loss of skilled manpower? A case could be made that this is about 'misplaced priorities' but this program has been running for atleast few decades and it was a priority in its time... Trust me these guys at NESCOM have seen their due share of budget cuts, they are still delivering and you want to hold it against them? I would rather they continue and the industry needs to come up and benefit from some of the technology spin-offs or hire these facilites to solve their problems, our industry never believe in indigenous R&D. This criticism is not fair.
Manzoor H. Khatana, Ph.D.
April 10, 2013 12:42 pm
Accuracy and range must continue to be strengthened. The world should know that all these missles are defensive in nature, Pakistan has no ill-design on its neighbors, it simply fears its eastern neighbor.
April 10, 2013 12:48 pm
Is there a missile research centre in Pakistan......I thought all research centres of Pakistan are either in China / North Korea
Jim Stone
April 10, 2013 12:55 pm
900 KM is not much of an offensive weapon, but for defense it would do quite well. It would seriously complicate any mission launched from an aircraft carrier. The key to making such a missile useful would be to have them be cheap enough to make tens of thousands of them. I would not consider this missile to be serious unless it could be made very cheaply, if it was expensive, it would only be useful as a nuclear deterrent and that is something that already exists well enough.
April 10, 2013 12:57 pm
made in china
April 10, 2013 1:29 pm
Security and economic prosperity go hand in hand. Pakistan cannot afford to compromise on both. Pakistan is surrounded by internal and external hostility.
April 10, 2013 1:32 pm
April 10, 2013 2:09 pm
Please read the history in detail, as to why was this country created. You will certainly get the answer to your questions.
imtiaz Faruqui
April 10, 2013 3:41 pm
Islamic ideology can only work in oil rich countries, where people get rich without working, in poor states poor gets poorer.
April 10, 2013 3:46 pm
Come test us and we will show you where they are made.
April 10, 2013 3:51 pm
SM3 Fleet Ballistic Defense Missile - No worries. US Navy could shoot these down from 200 miles away.
April 10, 2013 4:07 pm
A typical ignorant Indian mentality. i.e. all the high skilled R&D happening in India and everyone else is incompetent. Do I need to mention that most of the Indian technology is based on Russian designs and in recent years, American assitance
noor baloch
April 10, 2013 4:32 pm
To Rao and Raj who are skeptical of our R/D and the missile program,could you say about urs program purely developed with russian help,and u call it indigenous.
April 10, 2013 6:16 pm
India wishes well to Pakistan and its people... All the best in your endeavors. The money spent on missiles and R&D is way better than spending it on training militants to send them over to other countries ....
Poor Taxpayer
April 10, 2013 6:28 pm
Well, missile tests are fine as long as they are not at the cost of taxpayer's money.
April 10, 2013 6:45 pm
Could tell me name of country who invite civilians on missile test cermony??
April 10, 2013 9:48 pm
Amazing! North Korea is the bad guy now? Isn't it, the N. Koreans who bartered the missile technology with Pakistan for nuclear know-how? It is a strange irony you have quoted N Korea as a threat to rest of the neighbors in the region. I hope you do realize that the nuclear threat N Koreans are brandishing today is because of Pakistan's meherbaani.
April 10, 2013 11:19 pm
Dear Muslim you made me laugh, What happened when people are being taken out by drones every single day. What happened when 2 choppers flew into your own backyard and took osama out. This is part of the so called 'defense'. Government does not acknowledge them. They just mislead people like you saying that the big enemy is in the east.
April 11, 2013 12:45 am
The target was decided after the successful missile was launched
April 11, 2013 4:09 am
When the missile was imported from china, it was red in colour. Great work by pak scientist in painting them white.....but, hey... wait... painting not done properly, some red is still visible. He he ... just joking..
April 11, 2013 4:38 am
Nuclear ? with 900 KM Range ? You must be kidding ?
A well wisher
April 11, 2013 6:41 am
Hello Mr. Abid, May be he has already read the history but the questions still looms large in his head.
April 11, 2013 7:10 am
It is so good to know that our neighbour is so well informed!! No wonder we have always been able to counter our numerical disadvantage.
April 11, 2013 7:33 am
Hilarious. This is rich coming from a nation whose film industry is dependant on Hollywood! Go and fix yourself up first before pointing fingers at others.
April 11, 2013 9:25 am
Well said
April 11, 2013 10:57 am
April 11, 2013 12:52 pm
How many missile tests a country conducts is directly proportional to the degree to which it has become a banana republic. North Korea for example.
April 11, 2013 2:36 pm
seedo, under your classification what does that make america,russia and china? banana republics of who?
April 11, 2013 3:52 pm
If we develop something with Russia, we are open about it. BrahMos missile is jointly developed by Russians & Indians...You can google and read about it in internet.
April 11, 2013 5:32 pm
with strategic depth i assume?
April 11, 2013 5:36 pm
Your comment is even more hilarious.
April 11, 2013 6:02 pm
Fear is not the word I would use, regarding our Eastern Neighbor, but lack of trust. We do not trust them, as India has attacked Pakistan 3 or 4 times in the past, without any provocation.
Lee Yuon
April 11, 2013 6:18 pm
The way things are going for Pakistan, Seems like only the Armed Forces will live long, ordinary citizens will starve to death.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
April 11, 2013 6:37 pm
just 900 km??
April 12, 2013 2:36 am
Need to worry about the internal security more than anything else.
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