Picture shows a Pakistani Short Range Surface-to-Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR) is launched from a multi-tube launcher in an undisclosed location on February 10, 2013.
Pakistani military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
According to a statement released by Pakistan’s military on Monday, “NASR missile, which can carry strategic and conventional weapons over a distance of 60 kilometers, has in-flight maneuver capability to carry nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy.”
“NASR has been specially designed to defeat all known Anti Tactical Missile Defence Systems,” it added.
This comes after Pakistan successfully conducted the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads in November, 2012.
The Pakistani military said that, as a liquid fuel missile, the Hatf-V Ghauri missile with a range of up to 1,300 kilometers (about 805 miles), could also carry conventional warheads.
India and Pakistan have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998. The two neighbors have engaged in an arms race since the partition of Pakistan from India in 1947.
Both neighbors have refused to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other international regulatory pacts that restrict developing or testing nuclear weapons.
India considers the NPT as discriminatory, while Pakistan has indicated that it will not join the international treaty until its neighbor does so.