Pakistan Test-Fires Medium-Range Missile as Islamabad Seeks to Boost Nuclear Capability December 21, 2010 Pakistan’s military reportedly has successfully test fired its Ghauri Hatf5 medium-range (1,300 km) ballistic missile that is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, according to Pakistani media reports. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani applauded the country’s deterrence strategy, saying that the successful missile test would send “the right signals internationally that Pakistan’s defense capability is impregnable and should never be challenged.”

This handout picture released by Inter Services Public Relations on December 21, 2010 shows Pakistani medium-range ballistic missile Ghauri Hatf 5 being test fired from an undisclosed location. Pakistan on Tuesday successfully test fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, the military said. (AFP/HO/ISPR)

A Pakistani battle tank emits smoke during a show to mark Defence Day in Lahore September 6, 2005. Pakistan celebrates Defence Day on September 6 every year to mark the start of the 1965 war with neighbouring India. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza