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Pakistan test fires Shaheen-II ballistic missile

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile. The launch was the culminating point of the field training exercise of the Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) which was aimed to ensure operational readiness of a strategic missile group and re-validate different design and technical parameters of the weapon system. Shaheen-II missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warhead to a range of 1,500 kilometres.
The launch, having its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by Strategic Plans Division Director General Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, ASFC Commander Lieutenant General Obaid Ullah Khan, National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) Chairman Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces and scientists of strategic organisations, according to a statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Strategic Plans Division Director General Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat congratulated the participant troops and scientists on achieving another milestone towards consolidation of full spectrum credible minimum deterrence.
He appreciated the operational preparedness of the ASFC which made the successful launch of Shaheen-II ballistic missile possible.
He showed his full confidence in the existing robust Strategic Command and Control System.
“Pakistan is a peace-loving nation having no aggressive designs against anyone. Pakistan’s strategic forces are fully capable of safeguarding security of the motherland against any aggression,” he said
The successful test launch has also been appreciated by President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.

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