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The Pakistan Army is the branch of Pakistan Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It came into existence after Pakistan got independence in 1947.

The Pakistan Army is currently headed by General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. It has an active force of 620,000 personnel in 2012.

The President of Pakistan is the Commander-in-chief and supreme commander of the Army. Asif Ali Zardari is the current Commander-in-chief of the Pakistan Army.

Pakistan and its neighbor India have fought three wars since they both gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Babur missile

Pakistan Army has successfully test-fired Hatf-VII (Babur missile) on September 17, 2012. The army released a statement saying that the Babur missile has a range of 700 kilometers (435 miles) from a specially equipped vehicle. The location of testing was undisclosed. The missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and has a stealth feature and can fly very close to the ground.

Senior army officials and scientists attended the test launch. Strategic Plans Division Director General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, National Engineering and Scientific Commission Chairman Muhammad Irfan Burney witnessed the test launch. The missile with its range can target locations deep inside India.

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