Despite the danger from Islamist militants, the Pakistani army’s main focus continues to be the perceived threat from its archrival and nuclear-armed neighbor, India.
Pakistan successfully test-fired a cruise missile capable of carrying “strategic and conventional war heads” from an undisclosed location Thursday, said the army. It didn’t specify whether the missile — identified as a Hatf-VII Babur, with a range of 360 miles (600 kilometers) — could carry a nuclear warhead.
Pakistan and India have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947 and routinely test different versions of their missiles, partly as a show of force.
Associated Press Writer Rasool Dawar contributed to this report from Peshawar.