Islamabad, 8 May (AKI/DAWN) - Pakistan said Saturday it had successfully tested two missiles capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads as the country's prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani called for its recognition as a nuclear power. A military statement said Pakistan had tested two short range ballistic missiles - the Ghaznavi, with a range of 290 kilometres and the Shaheen 1 which has a range of up to 650 kilometres.
Gillani, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee General Tariq Majeed, and other senior military and civilian officials witnessed the tests, the military said.It's all so atavistically phallic, really: my "missile" is bigger than your "missile," so I win.
"Both the missiles successfully hit the target areas," the government said in a statement.
The prime minister urged the international community to recognise Pakistan as a nuclear power and give it access to civilian nuclear energy.
“It is time for the world to recognise Pakistan as a de jure nuclear power with equal rights and responsibilities,” Gillani said...