Pakistan successfully test fired a nuclear-capable, short-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile on Monday, the military said.

The Hatf-2 ballistic missile can travel up to 180 km, an army statement said.

“Hatf-2 carries nuclear as well as conventional warheads with high accuracy,” the statement from the Inter-Service Public Relations said.

The test is part of the process of validation of land based ballistic missile system, it said.

“The test provides an operational level capability to Pakistan’s strategic forces, additional to the strategic and technical level capability with Pakistan already posses,” the military said.

Test was witnessed by director general Strategic Planning Division, Lt. Gen. (retd) Khalid Kidwai and Commander Strategic Force Command Lt Gen Tariq Nadeem Gilani.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani congratulated the army and its engineers and all team involved in the missile system on the successful test of the ballistic missile.

The statement did not identify site of the test. Pakistan and India routinely carry out tit-for-tat missile tests. Pakistan conducted nuclear tests in May 1998 several days after similar tests by its rival India.