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Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile

A file photo of a vehicle carrying a long-range ballistic Shaheen III missile in a military parade to mark Pakistan’s National Day in Islamabad on March 25, 2021. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Chandrashekar Bhat

PAKISTAN on Thursday (12) successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile which can strike targets up to 290 kilometres, the army said.

The training launch of the missile Ghaznavi was aimed at ensuring the operational readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command, besides re-validating technical parameters of the weapon system, the army said in a statement.

The training launch was witnessed by Lt Gen Muhammad Ali, commander of Army Strategic Forces Command, senior officers from strategic plans division, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations, it said

As per the military’s media wing, missile Ghaznavi is capable of delivering multiple types of warheads up to a range of 290 km.

Ali appreciated the “excellent standard of training”, handling of the weapon system and execution of launch mission in the field by troops, the statement said.

President Arif Alvi, prime minister Imran Khan, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the service chiefs have congratulated all ranks of the Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers on the successful conduct of the launch, the army said.

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