ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Monday conducted successful test-launch of Intermediate Range Shaheen-1A (Hatf-IV) Ballistic missile which is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 900 kilometres.

The launch was aimed at revalidating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system. According to ISPR, Shaheen-1A with its highly accurate and indigenously-developed guidance system is one of the most accurate missile systems.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who witnessed the launch, congratulated the scientists and engineers for their dedication, professionalism and commitment towards achieving Pakistan's Full Spectrum Credible Minimum Deterrence Capability. He reiterated Pakistan's desire for peaceful co-existence in the region.

The naval chief appreciated the professional attributes of all concerned towards accomplishment of the sacred mission. He showed his full confidence in armed forces' capability to safeguard security of the motherland against any aggression.

The successful test-launch was also warmly appreciated by the president and the prime minister of Pakistan who congratulated the participating troops, the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.

Monday’s launch, with impact point in the Arabian Sea, was also witnessed by Strategic Plans Division Director General Lt-Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lt-Gen Obaid Ullah Khan, Vice Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, Commander Pakistan Fleet, NESCOM Chairman Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.