Training launch of Shaheen-1 ballistic missile successful: ISPR

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SIDDEEQ SAJID
Rawalpindi
Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful training launch of the Shaheen-1 ballistic missile, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The training launch came a day after Pakistan’s arch-rival India conducted the first night trial of nuclear-capable intermediate-range Agni-II ballistic missile.
The Shaheen -1 is classified as a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, with a range of 650 kilometres. The missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads.
According to ISPR spokesman, the launch was conducted as part of a Training Exercise, which was aimed at testing the operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command.
The military’s media wing added that troops of the Army’s strategic forces displayed a high standard of proficiency in handling potent missile system.
“The training launch was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers,” said ISPR
Troops displayed a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the potent weapon system, ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence, the ISPR spokesman concluded.
President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and other political leaders hailed this test and said as responsible state Pakistan will maintain its credible deterrence. They also congratulated the nation and scientists on the successful launch of the missile.
It may be recalled that in current year Pakistan test fired five missiles including Nasr, Ghaznavi and Shaheen and all missiles achieved their targets successfully and they had the range of 500 kilometres to 3200 kilometres.