Pakistan test fires short range ballistic missile

General Mahmood praises all scientists and engineers for successful launch of Ghaznavi missile

RAWALPINDI – Pakistan successfully test-fired short-range ballistic missile Hatf-III named Ghazanvi on Tuesday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations.

The missile can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometers, the ISPR stated. The successful launch concluded the field training exercise of the Strategic Missile Group of the Army Strategic Forces Command.

The training launch was witnessed by Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Rashad Mahmood, Strategic Plans Division Director General Lt-General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Army Strategic Forces Command Commander Lt-General Obaidullah Khan, NESCOM Chairman Irfan Burney and other senior military officials and scientists.

Addressing the troops in the exercise area, the JCSC committee commended the troops on achieving technical and operational excellence in operating the state of the art weapon system. He expressed his satisfaction over the training goals achieved during the exercise.

He expected the officers and men entrusted with the task of deterring aggression would continue to maintain professional excellence. General Mahmood congratulated all the scientists and engineers for the successful launch of Ghaznavi missile, as another milestone which has further strengthened the defence potential of Pakistan besides assuring peace in the region.

The successful test has also been warmly appreciated by President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who congratulated the participating troops, scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.

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