Pakistan has test-fired a cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. It is designed to hug the ground, allowing it to fly under enemy radar. Military officials say it’s highly manoeuvrable with pin-point accuracy. It was first tested in 2005, but since then scientists have increased its range from 500km to 700km.
President Pervez Musharraf welcomed the test. “Pakistan armed forces today have the potential that they never had before. In the conventional sense and also unconventional, we are capable of meeting any external challenge,” he said. But he stressed Pakistan won’t use it as an offensive weapon. The country has had hostile relations with India, over the disputed Kashmir region, and both countries have tested nuclear devices in the past.