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Pak testfires Nasr missile; cold water on India's Cold Start, claims Bajwa

Nasr is high-precision weapon system with ability to deploy quickly

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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today successfully test fired short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile 'Nasr', which army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said has put "cold water" on Indian military's "Cold Start" doctrine.

'Nasr' is a high-precision weapon system with the ability to be deployed quickly, the army said.

Army has conducted a series of training launches and tests during the current week for validation of new technical parameters of 'NASR' with enhanced range from 60-70 kilometres and flight maneuverability.

"has put cold water on (the) Cold Start (doctrine)," Gen Bajwa said taking a jibe at after the training launch of the short-range missile at an undisclosed location.

Cold Start is a military doctrine developed by the for use in a likely war with

Speaking on the occasion, he said war must be avoided at all costs and "our strategic capability is a guarantee of against a highly militarised and increasingly belligerent neighbour."

He said Pakistan will go to any length to ensure regional and stability. He also supported government's efforts for through talks.

"We whole-heartedly support all government efforts towards peace through dialogue. Our capability is only meant to ensure, (that) no one thinks that war remains an option," he said.

He appreciated the training and preparedness of Armed Strategic Force and role of engineers and scientists for the milestone towards Pakistan's credible deterrence capability.

The army chief expressed complete satisfaction at the command and control system of the country and safety and security of all strategic assets.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and services chiefs congratulated the scientists and the nation over successful launch of the missile.

First Published: Wed, July 05 2017. 23:54 IST