Rawalpindi- Pakistan today conducted a successful training launch of short range surface to surface Ballistic Missile Hatf III (Ghaznavi), capable of delivering nuclear and conventional warheads within a range of 290 kilometers.

The launch was witnessed by the Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Commander 5 Corps, Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Lieutenant General Obaid Ullah Khan, Chairman NESCOM, Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior officials.

General Raheel Sharif appreciated the troops on displaying high standard of proficiency in handling and operating strategic weapon systems. He showed his confidence over the professional attributes of scientists. He reiterated that Pakistan had configured one of the best command and control system.

The successful test launch has also been warmly appreciated by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan who congratulated the participating troops and the scientists for this marvelous achievement.