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Pakistan successfully conducts test launch of surface-to-surface ballistic missile


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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test launch of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of delivering all types of warheads up to 650 kilometers, the military announced.

According to a press release issued by the media wing of the Pakistani military, the launch of Shaheen-I missile was held as part of a training exercise "aimed at testing the operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command".

The Shaheen-1 missile is capable of delivering all types of warheads up to a range of 650 KMs, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) tweeted.

"The launch was aimed at testing the operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) ensuring Pakistan's credible minimum deterrence," it said.

The Pakistani missile test came days after India conducted the first night trial of 'Agni-II', its versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile.

The 'Agni-II' missile has a strike range of 2,000 km and is an intermediate-range ballistic missile. It has already been inducted into the armed forces.

The Pakistani missile test took place amid bilateral tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi abrogated the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two union territories.

Pakistan reacted strongly to India's decision and downgraded bilateral ties and expelled the Indian envoy. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter.

It has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and stop all anti-India propaganda.

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)