ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Wednesday successfully conducted training launch of Ghauri Missile System capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300 kilometres.

The launch was conducted by a Strategic Missile Group of the Army Strategic Command that was aimed at testing the operational and tactical readiness of Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC).

Intermediate-range Ghauri Ballistic Missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads. The launch was witnessed by senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.

Congratulating the scientists, engineers and all ranks of strategic forces, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat expressed his full satisfaction over the excellent standard achieved by strategic forces during training which was duly reflected by proficient handling of the weapon system in the field and fulfillment of laid down operational and technical objectives.

He emphasised that Pakistan could be justifiably proud of its defence capability and the capability of its nuclear deterrence.

President Mamnoon Hussain along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also warmly appreciated the launch while congratulating the strategic forces and the rest of the team on their outstanding achievement. Ends