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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday successfully test fired its short range Surface to Surface (STS) Ballistic Missile Hataf-2 Abdali.

The missile test was conducted as part of the process of validation and technical improvements in the Land Based Ballistic Missile Systems of the country, an ISPR news release said.

Hataf-2 Abdali with a range of 180 Kms can carry nuclear as well as conventional warheads with high accuracy.

The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Jamil Haider, Chairman SUPARCO Major General Ahmed Bilal, Senior officers from the Armed Forces and Scientists and Engineers of Strategic Organizations.

CJCSC speaking on the occasion reiterated that the test will go a long way in consolidating Pakistan's Strategic deterrence capability and further strengthening national security.

He said that in the hierarchy of military operations, the Abdali weapons system now provides Pakistan with an operational level capability, additional to the strategic level capability, which Pakistan already possess because of its medium range and long range Ballistic missile systems.

He added that Pakistan's resolve and commitment to continue its strategic progress will remain paramount.

The successful test has also been warmly appreciated by the President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani who have congratulated the Scientists and Engineers on their outstanding successes.

Meanwhile, the sources said that all the mandatory procedures were strictly followed by all the stake holders for test fire of Abdali.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2011

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