Pakistan tests ballistic missile amid tensions with India

In this handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on January 24, 2017, an Ababeel surface-to-surface ballistic missile launches from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. (Photo courtesy: ISPR/File)
Updated 18 November 2019

Pakistan tests ballistic missile amid tensions with India

  • Shaheen-I is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads
  • Troops commended for handling the potent weapon system and ensuring “minimum deterrence“

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday conducted a “successful” training launch of the Shaheen-I, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile that is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 650 kilometers, a statement released by the army’s media wing, the ISPR said.

“The launch was conducted as part of a training exercise which was aimed at testing the operational readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command. Shaheen-I missile is capable of delivering all types of warheads up to a range of 650 kilometers,” it added.

Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, and other senior officials, including scientists and engineers, oversaw the launch on Monday wherein troops displayed a high standard of proficiency in “handling and operating the potent weapon system, ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence.”

It comes amid heightened tensions between Pakistan and India after New Delhi’s decision to revoke the special autonomous status of the disputed territory of Kashmir on August 5. 

Both India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the Kashmir region since 1947 when the two got independence from British rule.


De Silva hundred in rain-hit historic Pakistan Test

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De Silva hundred in rain-hit historic Pakistan Test

  • Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 308-6 after 20 minutes of batting on day five
  • The second Test will be played in Karachi from December 19

RAWALPINDI: Middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva completed his century on the fifth and final day against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Sunday, the first Test in the country since 2009 shooting.
The 28-year-old right-hander drove paceman Mohammad Abbas to cover boundary for his 15th boundary to complete his sixth Test hundred in his 28th Test.
Sri Lanka, who had won the toss and batted, declared their first innings at 308-6 after 20 minutes of batting on day five as the rain-affected Test is set to end in a draw after almost three days of play were lost.
De Silva remained unbeaten on 102 after 241 minutes of batting, having come at the score of 127-4 on Thursday. He hit 15 boundaries. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.
Any hopes of a result in Pakistan’s historic Test have been dashed by rain and bad light which ended the first day’s play after 68.1 overs.
Only 18.2 overs were possible on day two, 5.2 on the third and the fourth day’s play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The pick of the Pakistan bowlers were 16-year-old pace bowler Naseem Shah who took 2-92 and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.
The Test is the first in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus killed eight people in March 2009, leading to the suspension of international cricket in the country as foreign teams refused to visit over security fears.
The second Test is in Karachi from December 19.