JNN 14 Nov 2014 Rawal Pindi : Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.
The Shaheen-II missile, also known as Hatf-VI, blasted off Thursday from an undisclosed location in the country, targeting somewhere in the Arabian Sea. The missile is said to be capable of hitting targets 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) away.
Pakistani military sources say the test was successful. This is the second time Pakistan has test-fired this type of rockets. Islamabad said the purpose of the launch was to ensure operational readiness and re-validate different technical parameters of the missile.
The launch, which had its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by the Director of General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat and Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Lieutenant General Obaid Ullah Khan.
Other witnesses included Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (Nescom), Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces and scientists and engineers of various strategic organisations.
He appreciated the operational preparedness and readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command, which made the successful launch of Shaheen-II Weapon System possible. He also showed his full confidence in the existing robust Strategic Command and Control System.
He further reiterated that Pakistan is a peace-loving nation and has no aggressive designs against any one. Pakistan’s Strategic Forces are fully capable of safeguarding security of the mother land against any aggression, he said.
The test launch was reportedly hailed by Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. This is while such moves usually spark reactions in neighboring India.
India has routinely carried out missile tests since it demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998. The Indian military has been also engaged in an arms race with the Pakistani armed forces since the partition of Pakistan from India in 1947.
Pakistan and India have so far refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other international regulatory pacts that restrict developing or testing nuclear weapons.
India considers the NPT as discriminatory, while Pakistan has indicated that it will not join the international treaty until its neighbor does so.