The Pakistani military did not say whether the test-fired Shaheen III missile could carry nuclear weapons.

Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan has successfully tested the Shaheen III ballistic missile from surface to surface with a range of 2,750 km (1,710 miles), the military said.

The missile test carried out on Wednesday aimed to “re-validate various constructive and technical parameters of the weapon system,” said a statement from the military press wing.

The statement said the point of impact of the missile is in the Arabian Sea and that the chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Nadeem Zaki Manj, and other senior officials witnessed the test.

The Pakistani military did not say whether the version of the Shaheen III missile being tested could carry nuclear weapons, although it was previously described as having this capability.

Shaheen III, a ground-to-surface land-based medium-range ballistic missile shown during a military event [File: T Mughal/EPA]Pakistan is one of eight nations in the world with a stated nuclear capability.

His eastern neighbor and rival India, with whom he has waged three full wars since the two countries gained independence from Great Britain in 1947, also has nuclear weapons.

The Shaheen III is Pakistan’s longest range missile system designed with the intent to reach Indian island areas in order to deny Indian forces the ability to establish a “second strike” capability. This emerges from comments made by retired Lieutenant General Khalid Kidwai. the former head of the Pakistani nuclear plans department in 2015.

“The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said that Pakistan wanted peaceful coexistence in the region and that its strategic ability was to prevent any aggression against Pakistan’s sovereignty,” said the military statement after the test on Wednesday.

Both South Asian countries routinely conduct missile tests, of which they notify the other in advance under a bilateral missile test pact of 2005.

President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the military and participating scientists after the successful test.

Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweeted @AsadHashim.


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