Pakistan carried out a night training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi early on Thursday, a move that coincides with its scaled up effort to internationalise the Kashmir issue.
Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, also the spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted that the launch was successful. He tweeted: “Pakistan successfully carried out night training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, capable of delivering multiple types of warheads upto 290 KMs. CJCSC & Services Chiefs congrat team. President & PM conveyed appreciation to team & congrats to the nation.” Along with the tweet, he also tweeted a 30-second video clip of the missile launch and a group of military officers who posed with the missile before the launch.
He added that Pakistan President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan had conveyed its appreciation to the team and congratulated the nation.
Experts said that the missile launch is a face-saving attempt by Pakistan after getting backlash from international communities. The missile launch is also to raise the spectre of nuclear war. Another strategy behind this launch by Pakistan is to internationalize the Kashmir issue.