Minimum deterrence strategy: Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable Ghauri Hatf V missile

Published: December 22, 2010
Launching the medium range ballistic ‘Hatf V’ missile. PHOTO: PPI

Launching the medium range ballistic ‘Hatf V’ missile. PHOTO: PPI


Pakistan on Tuesday successfully test fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, the military said.

According to the ISPR, Ghauri Hatf V, with a range of 1,300 kilometres, can carry conventional and other warheads. The launch was conducted by the Army Strategic Force command’s strategic missile group at the end of a field-training exercise aimed at testing the force’s operational readiness, the statement said.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Khalid Shahmeem Wyne and other senior military officers and scientists witnessed the tests, it said.

“You have made the nation proud and we salute you for your outstanding work,” Prime Minister Gilani told the scientists and engineers. He said Pakistan could be proud of its defence capability and the reliability of its nuclear deterrence. This capability, he added, formed the bedrock of Pakistan’s security policy and will continue to be enhanced.

“The test amply demonstrates the credibility of our minimum deterrence strategy, which is the cornerstone of our security policy and
ensures peace in the region,” he said.

“It also sends the right signals internationally that Pakistan’s defence capability is impregnable and should never be challenged.”

The prime minister said that Pakistan is a responsible nation with an extremely reliable nuclear capability and did not harbour any aggressive designs against anyone.

“Let there be no doubt that Pakistan’s armed forces are highly professional, motivated and fully capable of safeguarding Pakistan’s security against all types of aggression,” Prime Minister Gilani said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2010.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Dec 21, 2010 - 1:08PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Long live beloved Pakistan and beloved Pakistan’s Armed Forces who made Pakistan’s defense unbeatable,strongest and formidable for the enemies.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 1:40PM

    MASHALLAH.. Geo Pakistan :)Recommend

  • Anoop
    Dec 21, 2010 - 1:53PM

    This Missile was got with the help of a Barter system Pakistan had clandestinely enjoyed with North Korea. How can Pakistan test it and what is it trying to achieve?Recommend

  • muzamil
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:07PM

    india is our big enemy now its for themRecommend

  • Jerry
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:13PM

    if the last para of the news is correct, please note India is learning from its failures…. too … and you?Recommend

  • pakistani
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:19PM

    @Anoop Thats the difference, when Pakistan tests, its always the success while the Indian counterpart are normally unsuccessful and shame to make it for the next time :DRecommend

  • Rao
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:21PM

    point-wise response to ur queries is as under:

    yea the same clandestine arrangement that india had with russia and israel.
    pakistan can test it by putting a lit matchstick at one end of the rope tied to the bottom of this missile :-p

  • pakistani
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:21PM

    @ Anoop: Thats the difference, when pakistan test, its always a success unlike the Indian counterparts which is often unsuccessful and shame for to it, hoping for the next time :D Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 2:32PM

    this missile has a range of 1300km, with a capability of carrying all types of warheads.
    I hope this missile also has a capability of carrying “bread and butter” for almost 70% of poor Pakistanis- who live on less that USD-2/- a day. Keep it up-boys- more toys, more fire works, more joy.Recommend

  • Munir
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:41PM

    Well done Pakistani scientist and Pak Army, you people have further strengthen our defense line. We are proud of you. Whatso ever Indian say shows their prejudice and hatred they kept in thier heartRecommend

  • Ronit
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:43PM

    Ooo…we are scaredRecommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 2:59PM

    GHQ, ISPR and GoP Congratulations and Viva!!! Mabrook!!!

    With this beautifully streamlined rocket zooming into the wild black yonder, it has made our defense impregnable, thank you very much.

    The good part is that the scientists, engineers and technicians take pride in their achievement and make sure all systems are AOK. After that the rocket takes to the air.

    Salams and best wishes.Recommend

  • maitre
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:54PM

    Keep it up! Scientists, engineers and technicians. You all deserve three cheers and we foresee you people making the country defence top priority and impregnable. We are all proud of you. Do not worry about the Indians jealousy about our arsenal, they are eating our dust.Recommend

  • Wajid+ALI
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:55PM

    Mashallah…. This shows we are very brave people and have ability to response any threaten given by India or by any other country… Only need to improve political environment.
    We can live by eating grass but will make sure our defence firstly……
    Indian listen to us carefully, when Pakistan tests, its always the success while the Indian counterpart are normally unsuccessful and shame to make it for the next time…. Recommend

  • wajid Pakistani
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:02PM

    Mashallah..! Great Pakistan… We are proud to be a Pakistani and Long live beloved Pakistan and beloved Pakistan’s Armed Forces who made Pakistan’s defense unbeatable,strongest and formidable for the enemies. India you should aware that we have great defence power and attacking power…we can teach you lesson of 1965 again if you will try to unstable us…Recommend

  • wajid+Pakistani
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:03PM

    MASHALLAH.. Geo Pakistan :)Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 4:07PM

    Lets be poverty centric. lets eradicate poverty on both sides- sub-continent’s biggest enemy is POVERTY my friends. This crazy race of arms and ammunition should stop now. I think, we should use our “missile and nuclear capability” as deterance and going forward- direct our meagre resources to fight poverty before its too late.Recommend

  • faizan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:10PM

    ronit………………….you have to………………………Recommend

  • ashoksai
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:24PM

    “Pakistan on Tuesday successfully test fired medium range ballistic missile Ghauri, Hatf-5.”

    Next, what else, please give us some aid, our people are affected by floods, International community should help Pakistan from going bankrupt !!!Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:29PM

    First of all, I’d like to thank North Korea. Secondly, I wonder how many children we could educate and feed out of the single launch test that has just taken place, let alone the cost of this entire project. Just a thought…Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 4:32PM

    What is the Purpose of this Experiment? Army already have the tested missiles of range 1300km. what’s new? Already capable of carrying all types of warheads. Stupid Practice indeed. Recommend

  • prabhat k verma
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:33PM

    let pakistan look after the well being of its tiny population first and stop westing its time in eqalising itself with other nations. Give cheap electricity , good cheap schools to pakistani kids and an accomodative look out to your people-insread of befooling dreamsstrong textRecommend

  • Ansari
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:43PM

    ALHAMDULILAH…… Congrats to ALL !!!Recommend

  • Sandeep
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:46PM

    Well, its great for Pakistan to successfully test the missile, but give it a thought… Although there is a great deal of mistrust and enimity between the India and Pakistan, its highly unlikely that they would officially wanna go on war with each other as it would prove to be detrimental for both the countries.

    High time we thought about solving our internal matters more, cuz these are the real ones eating up the economy from inside. :)Recommend

  • Muhammad+Ali+Imran+Ch
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:49PM

    Allah Ho AkbarRecommend

  • Rattu
    Dec 21, 2010 - 6:03PM

    @Sandeep: could you start a blog about resolving the foremost issue “Kashmir”, to start with. Let’s see what sentiments your countrymen has for it. We believe muslim majority gave vote to joining Pakistan while the currupt raja went India’s way. You may have your own though…

    We can also discuss Indua Water Treaty … to second off …

    and we can discuss India’s involvement in separating East Pakistan …

    and we can discuss imposing three major wars on, then weak, Pakistan

    and we can also discuss BLA … and its relations to India …

    and we can also discuss enormous number of Indian embassy working along western border of Pakistan …


    and to all beloved countrymen … time to say Allahhu Akbar!

    may Allah bless us all.Recommend

  • Vael Nouschervan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:25PM

    “We are preparing for a war that will never be fought.” – Vael NouschervanRecommend

  • Amna
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:35PM

    @ All the Indians in here: So Pakistan sucessfully tested a missile…get over it. Why do you feel the need to come here and lecture us about how we should be worried about feeding our people. That is obvious….and clearly the government is doing far from a good job, but that doesnt mean Pakistan doesn’t need to defend itself. India made nuclear weapons first, Pakistan followed…in defense. So if anything, India should worry about feeding its millions of poor people, and not constantly try to play with the big boys in the developed world. Recommend

  • Hrithic+Roshan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:55PM

    Why Pakistan wants to test these missiles. These are already tested by North Korea. Only thing that Pakistan scientists do is naming these missiles with barbarian invader names who ravaged and forcibly converted native Pakistani people (Originally Hindus).Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 8:13PM

    To the Indians – yes, its in fact a foam mock-up, and the launch and flight were in fact just CGI’s. We bought the technology from the NK’s and we still can’t make it work. Please rest easy and laugh at our incompetence.

    To the Pakistanis (on a serious note now) – congratulations.

    If you read the full ISPR press release on the test, this was part of a training exercise conducted by the Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC), and not a new missile test. This test is in fact very important in the context that it illustrates that our missile force is inducted and operational, with regular exercises simulating missile launches in time of war being conducted by the ASFC.

    Its the difference between testing the Arjun in field trials, still getting kinks worked out before iunduction (if ever), and the Al Khalid MBT participating in War Games with the rest of the Army.Recommend

  • Danish
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:05PM

    I smell some Indians burning here :)Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:09PM

    @ Hrithic Roshan…

    “barbarian invader names who ravaged and forcibly converted native Pakistani people (Originally Hindus)”

    You finally are speaking the typical Indian mentality….you guys have not accepted Pakistan as a State and are unable to swallow the spread of Islam in sub-continent!!!Recommend

  • KK
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:36PM

    Thanks I am not a Hindu any anymore :)Recommend

  • Mohammad Naeem
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:36PM

    Yesss… Whatta man @ Agnostic + Muslim… talk about surgical attacks on Pakistan? I congratulate Amna as well, on giving my thoughts those beautiful words with hers… Yes we can die of hunger, but we will never die under threat!!!!! Recommend

  • Vael Nouschervan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:48PM

    Be Open . . .

    Let the Indians join our Newspapers’ Posts and let’s know them clearly who they are? There’s no point answering them tit for tat in a street language that lacks logic, rationale and wisdom. Let them speak the language they know the best – foulmouthed hindi? is it? All right – here is your chance Indians to speak freely and show that you have the ability to show respect!

    I am a regular visitor of Times of India and it’s unbelieveable what they write in the comments about the news related to Pakistan. There is so much hate that is just too unspeakable! Nevertheless, I am happy that we are slowly getting out of Indian-centric mindset and gradually moving towards more openness and our media is more matured, unbiased and free than the Indian media.

    Viva la Pakistan media!Recommend

  • Roomi
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:54PM

    Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Farrukh
    Dec 22, 2010 - 1:19AM

    We are sleeping not dead……..Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 1:39AM

    This missile has already been tested by North Korea. So why Pakistan has tested it again just to show off??

    Anyways the range of this missile is only 1300Km…no big deal…relax..:-)Recommend

  • Mommadin Boota
    Dec 22, 2010 - 2:22AM

    mujhey rocket launch mubarik nahin chaye – qanoon ki izzat aur khaany ko roti chayeRecommend

  • sundar
    Dec 22, 2010 - 3:32AM

    Congratulations scientists, engineers and technicians of PRC and DPRK.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Dec 22, 2010 - 6:11AM

    It is cilly to think that a nation can become strong because of its weapons . It is only the strength of character and stong eco omy that creat a respectable nation
    Nuclear weapons are just suicide weapons a nd nothing else
    No body can attack a strong nation
    Pakistan just build your nation you will then be really strongRecommend

  • Venky
    Dec 22, 2010 - 7:32AM

    @Vael Nouschervan
    Well said. Even if Pakistan use this in the event of war on first use, Pakistan will be the first country to be out of world map. In this modern world, no country can use Nuclear weapons on another country including India, China etc., As Indian Home Minister has said, Pakistan has to redifne itself. RegardsRecommend

  • Shaheen
    Dec 22, 2010 - 9:05AM

    Assalam-o-alaekum! Congratulations that we have made our defence unbreakable.Lets teach a lesson to the enemies of our dear home land PAKISTAN with our armed forces.

  • taimur banusi
    Dec 22, 2010 - 9:14AM

    that is the great success for PAKISTAN Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Dec 22, 2010 - 9:15AM

    One successful missile test and another a failure. Great let’s start a war??Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 9:59AM

    Both India & Pakistan need Bread, Butter, Books & not Bombs. South Asia poverty could decrease to 100% if we spend the money on the People instead of strengthining the Armies.70-85% of our budget goes into the kitty of Defense and as little as 5-15% goes to the Development side. What good did which acheive since 70’s by making ourselves our Nuclear Power? Are we more safe now? Sadly mistaken !!Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 3:44PM

    A weapon of mass destruction and we are celebrating it ??? how much would we have spent on this, i’m sure we would have built hundreds of houses for the flood affectees. Recommend

  • realMuslim
    Dec 22, 2010 - 7:01PM

    Great news, now that we have nuclear bum and missile to deter bharat, we dont need to by F16 or 150 chinese JF-17 for the spoiled boys, do we?
    Our brave army can go back to running flour mills, real estate development, cement factory and of course, NLC for moving the NATO goods.Recommend

  • realMuslim
    Dec 22, 2010 - 7:13PM

    **Great News! Now with “all weather” friend china’s support we are on our way to become another North Korea..bhookey nange, khane k roti nahi..phir bhi hum nuclear bum walleh.

    P.S. Note to the world we donot need your aid $$, we have enough $$ to spend on stupid useless projects, our IDP due to flood can eat grass…no other food required!**Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 7:27PM

    to all dear pakistanis,

    alhamdo lilla…We are all very happy over firing of hatf 5 quite satisfactorily. That is not terror for any enemy but it is our detterent which we must augment further. All pakistanis are requested to kindly pray for long lives of our related engineer and scientist who took part in the manufacture of incomparable our HATF 5…AGAIN ALHOMDOLILLA SUD BAR.Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 7:33PM

    bravo…congrulation to all sincere and honourable pakistanis…we may augment missiles further…to the distance of over five thousand miles range.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Dec 22, 2010 - 7:40PM

    Fancy names don’t change the fact that this is a Scud missile notorious for inaccuracy – originally designed by the Soviets – Egypt sold the missile design to N Korea who then sold it to Pakistan.

    I suggest that Pakistan would be a safer country if it had spent it’s nuke/missile money on education, clean drinking water, and sewers.Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 7:47PM

    all commentators in connection with post firing of hatf 5 to kindly note that although housing and khana peena are very much important, no doubt, but kindly remember one thing that we must be most careful from our enemy neibor/people who are highly unreliable most vindictive.however, if such foe honostly and sincerely consider his own poor people to live she must decide all the disputes so created by her for pakistan. we at the core of our hearts declare and muslims are not at all enemy to any one. may kindly consider symphathically by all concerned.Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 7:59PM

    dear indians brothers…pl be sincere at least to your own people and all disputed matters with pakistan and pakistanis,including especially occupied kashmir by you and so created by you on the wrong advices of europeons countries especially usa and uk. pakistan and india in real sense are two real nebourers and we must go ahead together like real friends and not enemies. usa and uk are quite fareweather both for pakistanis and indians….request to kindly reconsider on merit..most regards and thank you very much.Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 8:44PM

    I think the strategic force command’s strategic missile group must recieve medal, but their neighbor will not comfortble.Recommend

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  • Dec 22, 2010 - 8:59PM

    With frequent movements on borders, the test was much needed. CongratsRecommend

  • Ali
    Dec 22, 2010 - 10:40PM

    Half of the Indian arsenal, both conventional and nuclear originates from Russia. I fail to understand why the Indians feel so proud in linking Paksitan’s missile program to China , N Korea. The same could be said of India and Russia.
    At least we paid for it in some round about way by exchanging nuclear know how, Indians just got given it for free.Recommend

  • Mo
    Dec 23, 2010 - 4:18AM

    Pak zindabadRecommend

  • Golden Horde
    Dec 23, 2010 - 5:55AM

    Jealousy at its peak from the saryal neighbour. Here are some facts:
    1. The indian missile program is based in russian scuds but it still doesnt work!!
    2. The only missile you have been able to get going in the short range shurli called prithvi.
    3. Your missiles also lack accuracy and are likely to land on your own head when u launch them because you couldnt even copy the old 50s russian technology.

    First catch up to pakistan and then talk.

    Congradulations!!!! :)Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 23, 2010 - 11:25AM

    hello indians why are u so worried about pakistani peoples. first u look into ur country there are 70% population that have no home live. they are living under poverty line and only in ur mumbai 50 lac people daily sleep on the foot path.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Dec 23, 2010 - 12:55PM

    Pack it with onions and send it across.Recommend

  • Shahid Ashraf
    Dec 23, 2010 - 4:45PM

    Terrific! This will create jobs, schools, hospitals, smooth roads & raise literacy rate.Yippie….. ;-)Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Dec 24, 2010 - 3:09AM

    The Indian space and military programs are interlinked. If a missile fails, it is very likely that a new technical design for a launch vehicle component got tested on the missile. For live tests, missiles are a hell-of-a-lot-cheaper than launch vehicles.

    Do realize that fully tested and functional versions of all Indian missiles are in production and have been inducted. The failure of a newer version means nothing.Recommend

  • venky
    Dec 24, 2010 - 7:19AM

    @Shahid Ashraf
    Nice post. Like Indian and Chinese prime ministers say, World is big enough to grow together, I would like India and pak to say that World is big enough to stay as neighbours.

    @ all pakistani bloggers who believe India is their enemy, don’t bother about us, India is a courtry of willing to change according to time and we have changed our concept of Akhand Bharat, now ends with LOC in Kashmir.


  • AT
    Dec 24, 2010 - 10:29AM

    I specifically came here to watch Indians and Pakis debate over this =DRecommend

  • omar
    Dec 24, 2010 - 10:52AM

    Yes we can die of hunger, but we will never die under threat!!!!!

    For a dead man it hardly matters whether it is by hunger or under threat? He cannot feel how he died. Pakistani guys, you need to make some sense when you write. Don’t be so stupid.Recommend

  • Sandeep
    Dec 24, 2010 - 12:32PM


    Go do some research man, do not exaggerate things. Ofc there are a lot of people below poverty line who sleep on footpath, but I suppose Pakistan is not clean either, even it has a sizeable chunk of such people except for the people who do not die of frequent bomb attacks in India.

    Also, does it even matter if India/Pakistan test missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads?

    Well the answer is a BIG NO.

    Cuz its highly unlikely that they wud be using these against each other even if there is a lot of mutual distrust among the two nations.

    However, one place where India clearly outshines Pakistan is in the field of Educational and Communication Satellites. It can very well leverage the use of its satellites for its educational/technical growth.

    So get REAL Already!Recommend

  • Tony+Singh
    Dec 24, 2010 - 12:45PM

    Seriously it depends on the parameters. An easy analogy wud be, some people are elated if they get 33% in marks and consider that as success, others with less than 80% consider it as failure.Recommend

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