ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate-range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile to ensure operational readiness of a strategic missile group besides revalidating different design and technical parameters of the weapon system.

According to ISPR, the successful launch was the culminating point of the Field Training Exercise of Army Strategic Forces Command. Shaheen-II Missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 1,500 kilometres.

The launch which had its impact point in the Arabian Sea was witnessed by Strategic Plans Division DG Lt-Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat and Army Strategic Forces Command Commander Lt-Gen Obaid Ullah Khan.

Other witnesses included National Engineering and Scientific Commission (Nescom) Chairman Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces and scientists and engineers of various strategic organisations.

While addressing the participant troops and scientists at the launch area, Lt-Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat congratulated them on achieving yet another milestone towards consolidation of full spectrum credible minimum deterrence.

He appreciated the operational preparedness and readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command which made the successful launch of Shaheen-II Weapon System possible. He also showed his full confidence in the existing robust Strategic Command and Control System.

He further reiterated that Pakistan was a peace-loving nation and had no aggressive designs against any one. Pakistan’s strategic forces were fully capable of safeguarding security of the motherland against any aggression, he said.

The successful test launch and achievement of this range milestone has also been warmly appreciated by President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.