Rawalpindi (Staff Report): The Pakistan Army on Wednesday conducted a training launch of short-range surface to surface ballistic missile Nasr , said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa witnessed the launch and said, "Nasr has put cold water on cold start ".

"Nasr Puts 'cold water ' on 'cold start '!" COAS.

COAS witnessed training launch of 'SSM Nasr ' with enhanced range and manoeuvrability.(1of2) pic.twitter.com/RWH6rsrVrS

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The army chief said war must be avoided at all costs and Pakistan's strategic capability is a guarantee against a highly militarised and belligerent neighbour.

The statement from the military's media wing added that Pakistan has successfully undertaken a series of training launches and tests during the current week for validation of Nasr 's technical parameters.

The ISPR said the weapon system will "augment credible deterrence" against the "prevailing threat spectrum" more effectively, including anti-missile defenses.

Nasr is a high-precision weapon system with the ability to be deployed quickly, the military said.