Pakistan Friday successfully test fired the Short Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile Hatf II (Abdali), as part of the process of validation of land based ballistic missile systems.

According to a press release posted on ISPR website, Hatf II (Abdali) with a range of 180 km, carries nuclear as well as conventional warheads with high accuracy. The weapon system with its varied manoeuvrability options provides an operational level capability to Pakistan’s Strategic Forces.

The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Commander Army Strategic forces Command, Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani, senior officers from the strategic forces and scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan have congratulated the scientists and engineers on this outstanding achievement which consolidates Pakistan’s deterrence capability both at the operational and strategic levels.