Pakistan test-fires Shaheen-II missile

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday carried out a successful training launch of immediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile.

It was ‘the culminating point of the field training exercise of army strategic forces command which was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of a strategic missile group’, the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

Shaheen-II missiles are capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 1,500 kilometres.

Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat congratulated the team on achieving a milestone towards the consolidation of full spectrum credible minimum deterrence.

He reiterated Pakistan has no aggressive designs against anyone and the forces’ capability is designed to safeguard the country against any aggression.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif felicitated the scientists and engineers on the successful test.

The missile’s impact point was somewhere in the Arabian Sea, which is part of the Indian Ocean.

Pakistan has previously test-fired the same type of missile.

Pakistan became a declared nuclear power in 1998, when it conducted underground nuclear tests in response to those carried out by its neighbour India.

The two countries have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. They often conduct tit-for-tat missile tests.

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