Images released on Monday by Pakistanâs Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) office show a Pakistani nuclear-capable Raâad cruise missile after being launched from a jet fighter during a test firing at an undisclosed location in Pakistan.Pakistan on Monday test-fired a cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, just over a week after its arch-rival India reached a new civilian nuclear accord with the United States.
The military described the domestically-developed Raâad as a âlow-flying, terrain-hugging missileâ which can deliver nuclear or conventional warheads to targets up to 350 kilometres away with âpinpoint accuracyâ.
The agreement reached during President Barack Obamaâs visit to New Delhi broke a deadlock that stalled a civilian atomic power agreement for years.
But it drew condemnation from Pakistan, which said the deal could destabilise South Asian security.
The US and India in 2008 signed a landmark deal giving India access to civilian nuclear technology. But it had been held up since then by US concerns over Indiaâs strict laws on liability in the event of a nuclear accident.
India and Pakistan are both nuclear-armed in addition to operating civilian atomicÂ plants.
They have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. â AFP.