Pakistan tests Hatf III ballistic missile

Published: May 10, 2012
This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) office, shows a Hatf III, (Ghaznavi) short range ballistic missile launched from an undisclosed location in Pakistan on May 10, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) office, shows a Hatf III, (Ghaznavi) short range ballistic missile launched from an undisclosed location in Pakistan on May 10, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan conducted a training launch of Short Range Ballistic Missile Hatf III (Ghaznavi), which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometers on Thursday, a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The launch was conducted at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise of Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC). The exercise was aimed at testing the operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group.

The field exercise of the ASFC was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani, Commander Karachi Corps Lieutenant General Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry, Chairman Nescom Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior military officials and scientists.

Addressing the troops in the exercise area, General Wynne commended the troops on displaying a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the state-of-the-art weapon system.

He said, “The nation has developed a strong nuclear deterrence capability and expects that the officers and men entrusted with the task of deterring aggression would continue to train hard and maintain professional excellence.”

General Wynne said that Pakistan’s armed forces were fully capable of safeguarding Pakistan’s security against aggression.

The successful test was also appreciated by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who congratulated the participating ASFC troops, the scientists and the engineers on their success.

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  • Faysal
    May 10, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Please invent some missile which can terminate corruption, extremism and lawlessness from this country too.


  • sadu mamma
    May 10, 2012 - 12:08PM

    how about giving us electricity for a change?Recommend

  • vigilant
    May 10, 2012 - 12:10PM

    Good work….best thing about Pakistani missile tests that they seldom failRecommend

  • revo
    May 10, 2012 - 12:11PM

    Good work : Pakistani Scientists
    at least Pakistan army utilize the abilities of Scientists in a positive manner in computer, telecommunication , doctors and weapons


  • positive pakistani
    May 10, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Why was it needed?Recommend

  • Shahbaz Younis
    May 10, 2012 - 12:27PM

    Pakistan zindabad


  • Zeta
    May 10, 2012 - 12:35PM

    Congrats to scientists and engineers for working day and night to make Pakistan defences better.

    Congrats to Pakistani. Pak Fauj Zindabad


  • Parvez
    May 10, 2012 - 12:39PM

    That’s nice……………but we have for the first time in our history defaulted on our Sovereign Debt payment.


  • Danish
    May 10, 2012 - 12:45PM

    “Missile can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometers.”. Can it bring some electricity as well on its way back?


    May 10, 2012 - 12:46PM

    pakistan zindabad


  • Kashmir
    May 10, 2012 - 12:46PM

    Pak should test now ICBM,if india can do this why not pak…pak should learn trade & defence policies from india & china…If india launches 5000km icbm,why not pak,pak should try above 5000km-so that pressure should remain not only on india but on u.s & israeal also…Recommend

  • dude
    May 10, 2012 - 12:55PM

    test at least 25 to achieve total of A5’s 5000km.


  • Ohoo
    May 10, 2012 - 1:02PM

    @revo Don’t kid yourselves


  • May 10, 2012 - 1:15PM

    @sadu mamma:
    its not their job, just vote wisely next time


  • abdul zahid
    May 10, 2012 - 1:17PM

    American Drones are attacking Pakistani territories inspite of resolution against it in Pakistani Parliament.
    Osama Bin Laden tracked in Pakistan in May 2011 killed and body taken by americans , Army could’nt do anything .
    Pakistani Naval Base attacked by Militants last year. Took long time to flush them out.

    So what is the use of testing such missile when u r not able to safegaurd them or use them.
    Are they being tested to keep in a musium .
    Rather this money should be used to educate the illeterate human Bombs who are turning to become terrorist as then their will be no war.


  • dude
    May 10, 2012 - 1:24PM

    so what?


  • May 10, 2012 - 1:26PM

    @positive pakistani:
    dont act like a kid


  • ReHaN
    May 10, 2012 - 1:32PM

    We need education not bombs.


  • Hedgefunder
    May 10, 2012 - 1:37PM

    “The nation has developed a strong nuclear deterrence capability “

    The Nation needs too many basics at present such as Electricity, Healthcare, Law & Order, Employment, Education etc …… Additionally ability to pay its debts that they can not without further borrowings, rather than this Jingism, which they can not afford !


  • athiest
    May 10, 2012 - 1:38PM

    accept atheism.


  • hatf
    May 10, 2012 - 1:42PM

    India developed such ranged missiles 30 years back. why is pakistan so behind in everything despite getting stolen technology from China ?


  • Truth
    May 10, 2012 - 1:43PM

    The government is causing the problems in the first place. They’ve ruined the rupee’s value – originally it was 30 rupees to £1 sterling, 2 years ago it was 128 rupees to £1 sterling and now it’s 146 rupees for every £1, raised prices to obscene amounts, made a huge electricity shortage (Pakistan has great solar power potential – they just need to invest). The first thing to focus on is getting a non-corrupt, stable government who actually care about the people and not their own wealth.


  • Gul Khan Momand
    May 10, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Now this is the difference between Politicians and Military. See how Pak Army is utilizing its resources in a best way to defend the nation, unlike politicians who only uses tax payers money for their own benefits and foreign visits.


  • Imran Con
    May 10, 2012 - 1:49PM

    Whenever I see missile test pictures the image of a flaccid missile sitting there pitifully immediately takes its place in my head.


  • pakistani failed state
    May 10, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Now they have the capability to launch a missile from Lahore to Islamabad, LOL.


  • Waqas
    May 10, 2012 - 1:55PM

    More resources wasted for nothing!


  • Much Amused
    May 10, 2012 - 1:57PM

    The forces and their toys. No good for hungry public deprived of all nescessary requirements for a simple life. There is an urgent need to examine priorities.


  • May 10, 2012 - 2:27PM

    Enemy is right next to us. Same reason one doesn’t have a truck to get groceries for one’s home.


  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    May 10, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Is training launch like training bike with wheels on eachside for balance?


  • SaQiB
    May 10, 2012 - 2:41PM


    Fire this missile on the national assembly/senate during their joint session to attend presidential speech………..problem solved…………


  • fahad
    May 10, 2012 - 2:50PM

    @abdul zahid:
    *indian alert ….there are so many indians,commenting, pretending to be pakistani LOL *


  • INDIAN muslim
    May 10, 2012 - 2:52PM

    congrates pakistani’s brothers


  • Hedgefunder
    May 10, 2012 - 2:57PM

    @Much Amused:
    ” There is an urgent need to examine priorities”

    Unfortunately, the word “Priority” does not exist in Pakistan’s vocabulary !!!!!
    The Generals will keep playing with their expensive toys, while the politicians will continue to plunder the Nation’s wealth and people of Pakistan will keep watching them, as they have done since its creation !!!!!


  • Ak
    May 10, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Why is named after a foriegn intruder – Ghaznavi!


  • Yasin
    May 10, 2012 - 3:09PM

    All those saying what is the use of this nuclear capability needs to grow up.


  • pakistani hero
    May 10, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Pakistan successfully tests nuclear capable Hatf-III ballistic missile (290 Km), Now they have the capability to launch a missile from Lahore to Islamabad


  • UFF
    May 10, 2012 - 4:05PM

    ‘Ghaznavi’ came from Afghanistan….and Now the DRONES. There must be Friendship between Ghaznavi and Drones….It will never Hit Drones… :(


  • Not right
    May 10, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Next will be a missile which can explode at the site of launch. :)))


  • zahid
    May 10, 2012 - 4:29PM

    who knows.
    rest goes without saying. :)


  • Hedgefunder
    May 10, 2012 - 4:51PM

    “-so that pressure should remain not only on india but on u.s & israeal also…”

    Thank your lucky star, that you are not on Israel’s Radar, otherwise things would have pretty different ! This is not India, you are talking about ! They don’t care about the world opinion and certainly are not known for diplomacy and tolerance !
    If 26/11 would have happened in their land, trust me the reply would have been delivered in substance !! Just as they did with Iraq and its development of of BOMB ! Now watch as to the Iranian Project, it will be Israel that acts, not US !
    Hey wake up and face the reality as to where Pakistan is heading on current course !


  • Nasir
    May 10, 2012 - 5:09PM

    we should be feeding our people and providing basic services rather then spending money on arms and villas for terrorists


  • Zalmai
    May 10, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Pakistan should name its missiles after kings from Mohenjo-daro period and find some local heroes instead of co-opting foreign kings.Recommend

  • May 10, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Many problem still surrounding by Pakistan But there is no compromise about INDIA and (Hinduism)

    Bravo Pakistan !!!


  • khalsa
    May 10, 2012 - 6:08PM

    paksitani ICBM- intercity ballistic missile. just see the picture of chinese m-11 and ghaznavi. ditto copyRecommend

  • ishaq
    May 10, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Use some Budget for Real Problems Please…………!!!!!


  • Cautious
    May 10, 2012 - 6:30PM

    I am sure the militants who control the Pakistani badlands are quaking in their boots. Pakistan has bigger problems than providing “nuclear deterrents” – you need to re prioritize.


  • May 10, 2012 - 6:46PM

    Congratulation to the whole nation.


  • Meekal Ahmed
    May 10, 2012 - 6:56PM

    There goes how many billion of rupees up in smoke?



  • Singh
    May 10, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Lets say this missile carry a Nuke & drop at 290Km. What happen with fall out of radiation. Will you guys move Pakistan some where else to avoid that? Lots of crazy nuts write a comment without proper understanding of consequences.
    Save Pakistan first from Mullah then think about anything else.
    Ignorance have no limit.


  • Nasir
    May 10, 2012 - 7:35PM

    @ishaq: you have hit the nail on the head but our leaders are to silly to understand we have any real problems


  • Gul Khan Momand
    May 10, 2012 - 8:00PM

    @Nasir: Budget allocated for real problems end up in corruption through the hands of ‘our leaders’ the budget which is allocated for the strengthening of defense, which according to you is not a real problem but actually is, properly used.


  • Pungi
    May 10, 2012 - 10:03PM

    I don’t know y all these liberal extremists never raise question when India fires a missile…
    And for those who think India is better than Pakistan in this technology.


  • Biswajit Chakraborty
    May 10, 2012 - 10:11PM

    Hello Brother Would u Know that the Missile which India Tested (Agni-5) was actually 9000 km range ,u can check it from internet .Why are u always want to match with India after three successive defeat.Make a good relation with us,believe us,Dont make Kargil otherwise will suffer.Next not to forget Recommend

  • thoms
    May 10, 2012 - 11:15PM

    fake videos to satisfy someone’s childish ego. refer some good sources atleast Wikipedia than fake YouTube videos.


  • Shyam
    May 10, 2012 - 11:38PM

    Is Youtube where you go to get all your information?? “Hey I need to know this info, what should I do?.. I will search Youtube” LMAO


  • R. Roy
    May 10, 2012 - 11:42PM

    Good one :)


  • Truthbetold
    May 11, 2012 - 12:04AM

    “Congrats to scientists and engineers for working day and night to make Pakistan defences better. “

    Actually, you should be thanking the Chinese and the North Koreans.


  • abdul karim
    May 11, 2012 - 12:07AM

    @Kashmir: if pakistan do that all the world gonna against us.


  • Awais
    May 11, 2012 - 12:20AM

    @sadu mamma:

    It is not their job. It is yours. Vote with sanity next time otherwise you will be asking for clothes and shoes some years later.


  • English Desi
    May 11, 2012 - 1:14AM

    That,s because they have already been tected by China!


  • Indian failed state
    May 11, 2012 - 1:27AM

    @pakistani failed state:
    No, but from Lahore to Delhi and Mumbai!! lol


  • Truth Hurts
    May 11, 2012 - 1:30AM

    @Not right:
    No, Its not an Indian missile which will explode at the site of the launch :))


  • Indian hindu extremists
    May 11, 2012 - 3:53AM

    hahaha………it’s funny how these slum dog indians r commenting here……………


  • rk
    May 11, 2012 - 4:43AM

    @Kashmir: first just shoot down one US drone…..


  • Farrukh Bashir
    May 11, 2012 - 9:44AM

    for all the indians obsessed with Pakistan:

    Pakistan doesn’t need 5000kms range missile, since it already has missiles that cover entire India area. 5000kms would be useless for Pakistan to have since, unlike India, Pakistan doesn’t have enemies (read CHINA) at 5000kms range. :)Recommend

  • May 11, 2012 - 9:54AM

    no good now india a friend of pakistan – might be a ‘threating to karachiwala’ – isnt it?


  • Abdul
    May 11, 2012 - 11:09AM

    @Singh…its called a battlefield missile and doesnt carry much payload. So your troops near the border or bases need to worry.
    Secondly all those Pakistanis who think that we need education, electricity and other basic necessaties shoud vote wisely next time. Armed forces is an institution and its doing its job efficiently.
    @indian scum bags…. plz keep ur comments on ur side of the border. All is not green at ur end as well. Wat abt 37 insurgencies and half the population below the poverty line.
    Pakistan is a resillient nation and it will come out of this mess as well.


  • SB
    May 11, 2012 - 11:22AM

    290km…that’s a DLF maximum!!!


  • Hedgefunder
    May 11, 2012 - 1:27PM

    Yes ! Keep dreaming ! Get ready to eat Grass too !


  • dr ubaid
    May 12, 2012 - 1:32AM

    whtss the use of these missiles???? should we eat them or burn them….when we dont have electricity …. where are our policy makers… so called bureaucrates looting this nation both civil and military


  • Proselytyzer Sinners
    May 31, 2012 - 3:23PM

    Of what use is this to 85% of the populace when there is no safety of life and property, no basic amenities like electricity for domestic and industrial purpose ?
    Really what brownie points are the govt trying to get from these kind of achievements.
    If this is for India’s benefit, it can safely be said that it hasn’t caused a ripple.
    No amount of arms and ammunitions will threaten India.
    What might cause a few heads to turn will be the all round development of Pakistan.
    That by the look of things doesn’t seem possible.


  • Troll-face
    May 31, 2012 - 3:34PM

    There has never been a ‘people friendly budget’ in Pakistan. Always military friendly.


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