Pakistan Launches Nuclear-Capable Missiles After India Cancels Peace Talks

October 9, 2018

Newsweek:

Pakistan successfully launched and tested on Monday its Ghauri Missile System, which can carry conventional and nuclear warheads with a range of more than 800 miles.

Army Strategic Forces Command Lieutenant-General Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain hailed the test as a successful demonstration of the military’s operational and technical readiness.

“The launch consolidates Pakistan’s nuclear capability which is aimed at peace and stability through a credible deterrence regime,” an official statement from the military said, Pakistan’s The Express Tribune reported. President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed their appreciation for the successful test of the missile system, according to the country’s Dunya television channel.

The demonstration came after regional rival India signed an agreement with Russia on Friday to purchase S-400 air defense system for $5 billion. At the end of last month, New Delhi also canceled peace talks with Islamabad that were slated to take place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

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