ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday successfully test fired indigenously developed Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur) with a 700 kilometers range. According to an ISPR press release, the missile test is part of a continuous process to validate the design parameters set for this weapon system. Babur, which has near stealth capabilities, is a low flying, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, pinpoint accuracy and radar avoidance features.
The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Tariq Majid, senior military officers, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations. The test will help consolidate country’s strategic capability and strengthen national security.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majid, who was the chief guest on the occasion, congratulated the scientists and engineers on their success. He particularly touched upon the issue whereby insinuations have been made by some vested and hostile elements in the international media regarding the security of Pakistan’s nuclear assets.
Also, suggestions have been made that our assets could either be neutralized or taken away towards safer place to prevent them from falling into wrong hands. The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee assured the nation that, “we remain alert to such threats and are fully capable of handling these.” Pakistan’s nuclear assets are very safe and secure and the nation needs not to worry on that account, he said.
He said that there is a very strong security system in place, which can ward off all threats, internal as well as external. Though no responsible state in the world can contemplate such an impossible operation, yet if someone does create such a scenario, Pakistan will meet the challenge strongly, he added President Pervez Musharraf and Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro have also congratulated the scientists and engineers on this important success, and assured them of their complete support in the development plans of all strategic projects. -SANA