“Heads of missions of all permanent members of the UN security council have been informed, as also the deputy high commissioner of Pakistan,” Mrs Rao added, arguing that “the tests are not country-specific”. Pakistan, however, spent the entire day trying to negate that impression. It argued that India’s actions were a threat to regional stability.
More so, coming as they did at a time when tensions between the two countries were a concern to the entire international community. Driving the Pak foreign office’s grouse was that the Agni test-fired this time was of medium range. This, the country’s spokespersons argued, made Pakistan the ‘Target No 1’ for these missiles, and not China, as was the case with earlier variants.
Speaking to The Financial Express former head of India’s missile programme APJ Abdul Kalam said he was really happy with what his successor VK Aatre and his team had achieved.