Pakistan successfully test-fires Shaheen-III missile

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Pakistan on Friday conducted a successful test launch of medium-range Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 km, Dawn online reported.

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The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system, the statement said.

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Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lt.General Mazhar Jamil said that Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region for which nuclear deterrence would further strengthen strategic stability in South Asia.

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The Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II missiles were test-fired in 2014 in Pakistan.

Shaheen-I is capable of carrying nuclear as well as conventional warheads and has a range of 900 km, while the Shaheen-II missile can carry nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 1500 km.

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