It has been revealed by the military in Pakistan that they have conducted the first test of its medium range missile which has the capacity to deliver a nuclear warhead. The news has come out during a tense time where the United States has accused the Pakistani armed forces of allowing insurgents to fire on American troops over the border in Afghanistan.
Tracking down extremists
It was only last week when the US had said that Pakistan had allowed insurgents to attack troops who were in Afghanistan. This came after the US had renewed its call on its partner to restart work on tracking down extremists.
Officials in the US have already reported a dramatic increase in cross-border attacks which have been aimed at its forces. This has been the reaction to the deterioration in relations after the US secretly went after the Osama Bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man.
It was claimed that US forces where attacked with mortar and rocket fire which appeared to come from within sight of Pakistan military posts. There are also suggestions that the border forces come from Pakistan’s Frontier Corps, who are all locally recruited and are not as trained as the regular army units.
Last week was also when US officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Pakistan to reconfirm their battle against Islamic extremists, and more specifically the Haqqani network. This is the group of people who are being blamed for ant-US attacks in Afghanistan.
On the reasons why the US are in Afghanistan and why US officials visited Pakistan, Clinton said: “No one who targets innocent civilians of any nationality should be tolerated or protected.”
On October 28 Pakistan had confirmed that a successful attempt had been made in test-firing a stealth cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The Pakistani military said that the ‘Hatf VII’ missile had a range of 700 kilometres and it was a low-flying, terrain-hugging missile with high manoeuvrability, pin-point accuracy and radar avoidance features.