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Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Friday, the military said, two days after the government confirmed it would resume high-level peace talks with arch-rival India. The military said it had fired a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads within a range of 2,750 kilometres. –AFP
Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Friday, the military said, two days after the government confirmed it would resume high-level peace talks with arch-rival India. The military said it had fired a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads within a range of 2,750 kilometres. –AFP

Video provided by ISPR showing the test launch of the Shaheen-III ballistic missile

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan conducted a successful test launch of the medium-range Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, according to a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 km.

The ISPR statement added that the test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system.

The impact point of the flight test was in the Arabian Sea, validating all the desired parameters.

The test was witnessed by senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Strategic Forces, Scientists and Engineers of Strategic Organisations.

Read Sound bytes: 'Pakistan is engaged in nuclear competition'

Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil, congratulated the Scientists and Engineers on achieving a significant milestone in complementing the deterrence capability. He asserted that Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region for which nuclear deterrence would further strengthen strategic stability in South Asia.

Lt Gen Mazhar Jamil appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed whole heartedly to make this launch a success.

He expressed his full confidence over the Strategic Command and Control System and the Strategic Forces’ operational preparedness to defend against any aggressive design.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated the scientists and engineers, associated with the production of strategic arms for the military, on the successful missile test.

This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on Friday shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. –AFP This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on Friday shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. –AFP

This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on Friday shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. –AFP This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on Friday shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. –AFP

The Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II missiles were test-fired in Pakistan last year.

Shaheen-I is also capable of carrying nuclear as well as conventional warheads and has a range of 900km while the Shaheen-II missile can also carry nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 1500 km.

Also read: Pakistan needs short-range nukes for deterrence against India: govt adviser


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inaam Dec 11, 2015 12:56pm

Congratulation to the whole nation...

Umer Dec 11, 2015 01:03pm

We need nukes to live with integrity in this anarchic world.

Iztraab Dec 11, 2015 01:08pm

Good job! Keep up the good work to defend the nation.

Sunil Dec 11, 2015 01:18pm

India is getting the Israel's patriotic missiles technology, to shoot down incoming missiles.

Rana Dec 11, 2015 01:21pm

No Compromise on deterrence. Good job

Sheraz Dec 11, 2015 01:21pm

I doubt the timing of the test fire, the rest we all know that Pakistan Missile technology is the best in South Asia

Abaid Dec 11, 2015 01:22pm

I guess we need some Shaheen-II, Shaheen-III missiles in education and health sectors also.

Haroon Dec 11, 2015 01:30pm

Many countries have modified the Rocket motors to convert them into SLV ( Space launch vehicles ). Now the same technology is used to send Satellites into space. All we need is normal missile motor and Cryogenic engine for geostationary orbits. India has done the same and now they have a Program of SLV , PLSV and GSLV. I hope our Scientists will do the same and will start a SLV program from now on. I think we have the ability to become a Satellite launching nation within a year.

sandeep Dec 11, 2015 01:39pm

India has already tested nuclear warhead ranging 5000 kms

Ahmed31 Dec 11, 2015 01:42pm

thankyou Raheel Shareef!

Ashish Dec 11, 2015 01:43pm

Go Pakistan Go! Don't stop until the entire China is within reach.

sana Dec 11, 2015 01:47pm

Waste of a perfectly good missile .

Khwarezmi Dec 11, 2015 01:49pm

Well done - great news!

Pakistan's deterrence require:

  1. Nuclear Submarines (atleast 3 so one is always deployed at sea)
  2. ICBM with MIRV capability
  3. Law & order and cap on corrution and terrorism
  4. Economic development & human development
  5. Lots of science and engineering schools & universities
MD Dec 11, 2015 01:59pm

Good job..

Ahmed USA Dec 11, 2015 02:17pm

@Sunil ... Geographic location of both countries render missile shield useless...

Muhammad Dec 11, 2015 02:21pm

@sunil first of all it's patriot not patriotic, second it's US not Israeli tech so Israel can't sell it to India

Manish Dec 11, 2015 02:21pm

@Sunil we will also be installing S400 .The best in the world . India has missiles as well as anti missiles systems. No one will dare to attack india

kashmiri Dec 11, 2015 02:22pm

@Sheraz is it

dude Dec 11, 2015 02:27pm

@Sunil not only that, S400 along with our own missile defense system against these chinese and northkorean missiles

dude Dec 11, 2015 02:28pm

@Haroon
you cant because its not your technology

Khwarezmi Dec 11, 2015 02:32pm

@sandeep I have never heared of a " tested nuclear warhead ranging 5000 kms". That must be the biggest nuclear warhead ever built. Please explain how planet Earth survived a 5000 km nuclear blast which, according to you, was tested by India?

Ali Dec 11, 2015 02:34pm

@Ahmed31 What he has to do with this?

Haroon Dec 11, 2015 02:37pm

@sandeep Pakistan already has the missile system with a range of 6000 Kilometers. It is known as Taimur missile program. But since the current missile system covers the whole of India, so there is no need for more aggressive attitude.

Muhammad Arshad Dec 11, 2015 02:37pm

Great News

XoF Dec 11, 2015 02:44pm

@sandeep

What a failure in calculation. India just bypassed Pakistan and hit some other ally country. Talk sense..this isn't Bollywood.

Shakeel Dec 11, 2015 02:48pm

It's good to see it has been tested again. The armed forces are capable of testing a SLV or missiles of even longer ranges, they have been for quite a while now, however these will not be tested due to political pressures. SLV's are basically the same as ICBM's and any missile with a reach further than 5500km is refered to as an ICBM. Testing one of those would bring pressure from the international community, particularly western countries.

Awais Ali Dec 11, 2015 02:50pm

Brilliant achievement.

kashmiri Dec 11, 2015 02:57pm

@Khwarezmi did u know abt agni 5?

Sivaram Pochiraju Dec 11, 2015 03:00pm

India test fires some missile and after sometime Pakistan test fires some missile. This story repeats quite often. It all started with India testing its first nuclear bomb during the days of Indira Gandhi. Where will this end, God only knows. When will the sanity prevail upon both countries, no one knows.

It would have been excellent if India and Pakistan were to compete fiercely economically and all round growth wise rather than militarily.

Will there be peace or will the people on either side be broken into pieces is a million dollar question I suppose. Are there any takers for common man, none I suppose.

no comments Dec 11, 2015 03:00pm

@sandeep oh wow ..no body asked so please ...

Cherian Behanan Dec 11, 2015 03:17pm

what is the use when India is buying S-400 Triumph, funding Barak (indo Israel) and developing Indigenous AAD,PAD and Hypersonic missiles ?

SG Dec 11, 2015 03:24pm

What's so great about missile testing. Mere testing and applying in battle field are two different mechanism .

Siddiqui Dec 11, 2015 03:26pm

Keep going Pakistan... Hats off

Tarun Kumar Dec 11, 2015 03:28pm

List of missile tests by india in recent days: 1) Brahmos: range 500km 2) Dhanush: range 500km 3) Prithvi 2: Range 500km 4) Agni 1: Range 1000km 5) Agni 4: Range 4000-6000km

All above missiles except brahmos can carry nukes.

Chodhveenkachand Dec 11, 2015 03:28pm

@Sunil ......Pakistani missiles are equipped with the radar evading stealth technology and no system presently known on the planet can intercept them.

Syed Kashif Dec 11, 2015 03:30pm

Excellent Work ! Keep up the good work of improving the capacity to defend. Don't mess with Paksitan....

Chodhveenkachand Dec 11, 2015 03:32pm

@sandeep ......Pakistan doesn't have any target at 5000 km so why go after something you don't need. Shaheen3 takes care of all the needs comprehensively.

Tech Gs Dec 11, 2015 03:37pm

Pakistan should carry many such tests...

All the best from India...

umar Dec 11, 2015 03:38pm

@Sivaram Pochiraju it can be resolved around a table not by chest beating

Chodhveenkachand Dec 11, 2015 03:43pm

@Tarun Kumar ......Most of the Indian missile tests recently were a failure like the three repeated tests of Nirbhay cruise missiles intended to replace Brahmos another failure.

Azmeen Dec 11, 2015 03:44pm

Congrats. A full spectrum deterrence is need of the day.

sandeep Dec 11, 2015 03:49pm

@Khwarezmi I will give you two examples : (1) AGNI - III is the most sophisticated and accurate ballistic missile in it's range in the entire World. (2) Brahmos is the World's fastest Cruise missile. Now, India ingeniously manufactured Agni III. Brahmos is a joint venture between India and Russia. How many such developments can you boast of ?

sandeep Dec 11, 2015 03:52pm

@Khwarezmi I have never heared of a " tested nuclear warhead ranging 5000 kms" please then read this report of dawn news then http://www.dawn.com/news/1218516/india-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-missile-agni-iv

Waleed Dec 11, 2015 03:58pm

The insensitive Indians are coming here to tell that they have better weapons. Speaks volume of who are war mongers. Calm down, we are merely producing them for reference.

chachajee Dec 11, 2015 03:58pm

@sandeep ..... What to talk of Shaheens and Ghauris, the Nasr missile system of Pakistan with 60 km range is enough to remove the ground from under the feet of enemy, we found out that recently being discussed at one of the highest level.

sandeep Dec 11, 2015 04:04pm

@Chodhveenkachand "Most of the Indian missile tests recently were a failure like the three repeated tests of Nirbhay cruise missiles" Nirbhay cruise missile With one partial successful, one successful and one failed test(in that order) , Nirbhay is expected to be ready by 2016.

nana Dec 11, 2015 04:05pm

no chance against S-400, but yes, no protection against the full scale response....so talk sense..

sandeep Dec 11, 2015 04:07pm

@XoF "What a failure in calculation. India just bypassed Pakistan and hit some other ally country. Talk sense..this isn't Bollywood" india nuclear program is comptely based on deterence to china...thats required 5000 kms range

chachajee Dec 11, 2015 04:09pm

@sandeep ......What is the aim and purpose to cover the entire Europe within the range of Indian missiles? I don't think any atoot anng exists there as well.

sandeep Dec 11, 2015 04:10pm

@Chodhveenkachand i think you must be watching lots of hollywood films

Nilesh Dec 11, 2015 04:16pm

Congrats!!

Chodhveenkachand Dec 11, 2015 04:20pm

@sandeep .......There is another Hollywood movie named 'JF17 Thunder' already in the process of export by Pakistan. Please see if that can be matched by India.

Abdul Rehman Dec 11, 2015 04:23pm

Enough of the fight folks..Time will tell, which missile has more muscle, stealthy, deceiving technology or whatever it is..The current fact is that while jingoistic guys from the both countries are fighting whose got a better or more sophisticated missile technology, half of their nation have no access to pure water, live below the poverty line and so much other basic problems...

sandeep Dec 11, 2015 04:25pm

@Abdul Rehman well said bro

Vertigo Dec 11, 2015 04:39pm

All these missile tests are both scary and boring at the same. Yes I know ,India and Pakistan can destroy each other but can we please move on and do something creative for the people instead

Desi Bhai Dec 11, 2015 04:45pm

@Chodukhan I didn't know that these missiles had radar evading technology. Can you tell me where did you read that?

Malik AbuBakr Khurshid Dec 11, 2015 04:45pm

I'm getting immense pleasure reading the comments of Indians. Absolutely lovin' it

Desi Bhai Dec 11, 2015 04:49pm

@Abdul Rehman well said brother

Real Pakistani Dec 11, 2015 04:49pm

@Sunil . Pray that you never have to use it.

the right left Dec 11, 2015 04:51pm

@sandeep Pakistan doesnt need to go that far to sort issues out.

Ajay ladkani Dec 11, 2015 05:01pm

Nothing to celebrate .Both neighbouring countries are wasting maney.

happy Dec 11, 2015 05:02pm

PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rage Dec 11, 2015 05:04pm

@Sheraz. Why not in world, mate? ? U need to overcome ur inferiority complex.

Muzaffar Ali Dec 11, 2015 05:06pm

Now lets change our focus to Education, uplift and welfare of the population!

Without that we not going anywhere!

niju Dec 11, 2015 05:08pm

India has its own effective anti missile shield .Delhi and Mumbai and coastal regions are secured...expanding the shield to rest of india. Pakistan is developing nuclear and balllistic missile only to be kept in cold storage.....its armed forces and missiles are draining Pak economy...

Tarun Kumar Dec 11, 2015 05:22pm

@Chodhveenkachand Lol all the tests were successful. Nirbhay is a new cruise missile designed for conventional operations which is still under development. All the above are ballistic missiles designed for nuclear weapons and are deployed in large numbers.

Wise Dec 11, 2015 05:22pm

Quixotic approach to defence serves no one. Every rupee spend on defence is a rupee taken out of economic development or even security. This money could have spend on police force to bring unadministrable regions under control. Gigantic defence budgets are one of the reasons for our miseries and poverty.

Muzaffar Ali Dec 11, 2015 05:23pm

Test fire Education and Learning....

saleem hatoum Dec 11, 2015 05:25pm

@Abaid we have democracy for that

Fahd Dec 11, 2015 05:29pm

Good job. Keep it up. Indians talk about the patriot missiles to counter the incoming missile but they should also know the success percentage of the patriot anti ballistic missile system.

kalim Dec 11, 2015 05:38pm

To maintain balance of power in south asia, Missile tests are mandatory. Keep it up Pakistan. Congratulations to all Pakistanis for this milestone!

Monsieur S Dec 11, 2015 05:55pm

@Haroon so why is Pakistan not launching its satelites???

Bilal Dec 11, 2015 06:01pm

Arm race is South Asia. Most citizens of both country seems to love it.

Faisal Dec 11, 2015 06:06pm

@Ahmed USA nope, the Anti Missile system being used in Israel is very effective google it yourself...

Akash Dec 11, 2015 06:26pm

I am bored of missile technology news from both side. Lets do something else something good. lets compete on solar energy or next agriculture revolution.

Sana-1 Dec 11, 2015 07:03pm

@sana Waste of such missiles is good because if they are used 'actually' then it will not be good, hope you know that..

Marbet Dec 11, 2015 07:12pm

All that is required now, is a terrorist attack, and the two countries will be in a nuclear war ! Happily, after the nuclear annihilation, no one in the world will miss India or Pakistan - after all they have made no significant contribution to the advancement of mankind.

Ayk Dec 11, 2015 07:14pm

@niju well u dont know shaheen 3 is equipped with latest technology n can deceive any anti ballistic tech...google it n read it urself

abbul rahim Dec 11, 2015 07:30pm

@Sunil . Indians must be proud of this achievment. .

Mustafa R. Dec 11, 2015 07:46pm

@Sunil;

'India is getting the Israel's patriotic missiles technology'

It is you who is patriotic, the missile is not Patriotic but Patriot and it is American not Israeli. This missile was tested against 50 year old SCUD missiles during the gulf-war and found to be lacking.

amit Dec 11, 2015 07:50pm

Same country facing 17 to 18 hours a day load shedding of electricity conducting missile testing . Why not use resource to generate electricity for its citizen.

M.Saeed Dec 11, 2015 07:50pm

@Sunil : Goood dreaming! It is not Patriotic, but Patriot Missiles. They are an old technology of the US and their Israeli version carries a wonderful success rate of 40% !

Mustafa R. Dec 11, 2015 07:55pm

@Abaid;

'we need some Shaheen-II, Shaheen-III missiles in education and health'

The Shaheen missiles would provide you the security to work on your education and health. When a bee makes honey it better have a sting too, otherwise cockroaches will get all the honey. In evolution the sting came before the honey, otherwise the honey would become a threat to bee's life.

wellwisher Dec 11, 2015 08:02pm

good work.keep it up,.

Ghaznavi Dec 11, 2015 08:29pm

Great! now use the technology for launching communication Satellites.

Sana-1 Dec 11, 2015 08:33pm

@amit That is Pakistan's internal problem...

Johny Dec 11, 2015 08:50pm

@Khwarezmi Agreed

Johny Dec 11, 2015 08:53pm

@Sivaram Pochiraju 100% agreed

Johny Dec 11, 2015 08:54pm

@Sivaram Pochiraju The best comment so far! Weldone

Johny Dec 11, 2015 09:01pm

@Abdul Rehman Spot on dear!

Johny Dec 11, 2015 09:08pm

@amit When u indians will change ur attitude towards Pakistan, v shall need not 2 spend a single penny on our defence. V don't have anyother adversary

The last voice Dec 11, 2015 09:25pm

The two archrival neighbours have just recently resumed the comprehensive dialogue on stalled issues. Which is seen as constructive approach both on bilateral level and on international arena. It took almost two years to resort to the talk on table, in the mean time, both countries faced tense situations on working boundary and LoC. ... But now testing ballistic missile at the this very critical time, may be the starting reason for mistrust from indian side,that (God forbade) will eventually lead to the rupture of the recent bonhomie created between the two nations.

Surya Murthy Dec 11, 2015 09:27pm

Good Job pakistan.

NIMESH Dec 11, 2015 09:51pm

Why are we Indians fighting with Pakistanis on this forum, trying to outdo each other. The truth is even the United States wouldn't be able to ensure absolute safety of its territory if it were contiguous to Pakistan. Missile defence against Pakistan's arsenal which by the way is the fastest growing in the world is impossible. Both countries will face devastation in a nuclear war.

anony Dec 11, 2015 10:38pm

Congratulations Pakistan.

Zain Dec 11, 2015 11:10pm

MashaAllah!

Zak Dec 12, 2015 12:31am

@NIMESH finally a realistic Indian , making sense.

saeeds Dec 12, 2015 12:34am

Why ? Our biggest enemy is our people . All the terroist and killer of Pakistani are pakistan and lived in pakistan. So why we need long range missile for them . Waste of money .

Adnan Dec 12, 2015 01:05am

please stop spending borrowed money on these useless technologies. pay some attention to education and health for god sake.

fawad Dec 12, 2015 02:25am

Great that now we have this weapon. How about we stop making more and spend money on other institutes.

silent Dec 12, 2015 03:53am

Do you have a missile that can bring power , basic needs , clean water , eradicate poverty , provide free education and jobs to the many ..... Please Pakistan fire that one next time . You guys are clapping on things which you already have , the only technology you have is making nuclear warheads. Why don't you use the technology for peaceful reasons.

Iqbal Malik Dec 12, 2015 04:37am

Very proud of our scientists and technicians. It would be more better if they had invited our national hero Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan

Zak Dec 13, 2015 09:06am

@silent suggest you apply that theory to your government. Ask them to leave IOKashmiris alone and concentrate on people's welfare, like drinking water, toilets, roads, food, housing, law and order, extremism, terrorism, Minorities protection. Buying arms from Russia, US, France etc will be useless for India as it cannot take on Pakistan. Shaheen III just proved why.

karan Dec 13, 2015 11:55am

@Umer

Nukes are an expensive white elephant, for both India and Pakistan.