Pakistan seeks peace through strength in South Asia: PM
Apr 26, 2007 - 10:58:21 PM

Islamabad, April 26 - Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Thursday said the country seeks peace through strength in South Asia and will never compromise on its nuclear programme or its minimum deterrence needs.

He was speaking at the handing-over ceremony of the final production batch of Hatf-III 'Ghaznavi' missiles to Army Strategic Force Command in Rawalpindi, the state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

The Ghaznavi missile is a short-range ballistic missile with a range of 290 km.

The Radio Pakistan report noted that the Ghaznavi ballistic missile system, successfully fired as part of a training exercise in December 2006, now forms an integral component of Pakistan's strategic land delivery system, which also includes the Shaheen series and the Ghauri intermediate range ballistic missiles.

'Pakistan is a declared and fully established nuclear power with its minimum deterrence needs successfully achieved and its capability operationalised through a variety of delivery means,' Aziz was quoted as saying.

Ghaznavi missile, which was named after the 11th century Muslim conqueror Mahmud of Ghazni, and powered by a single stage solid propellant engine, can deliver either a conventional or nuclear payload, according to the private News Network International news agency.

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