Medium range nuclear-capable missile test-fired successfully By Shahid Hussain, Correspondent Islamabad: Pakistan conducted a successful test-launch of a medium range nuclear-capable ballistic missile yesterday, a military statement said. The statement said the country could be justifiably proud of its defence capability and nuclear deterrence, which formed the bedrock of Pakistan's security policy and would be fully supported by the government. Hatf-4 or Shaheen-1 (eagle) missile, which can hit targets up to 700 kilometres away was fired from an undisclosed location by the Strategic Missile Group of the Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC). The test came two days after India carried out its first successful trial of a new ballistic intercept system. This was the second missile test by Pakistan this month. On November 16 it test-fired the 1,300-kilometre range Ghauri ballistic missile. The statement said the Shaheen test was part of a continuing exercise by the Army Strategic Force Command. "The event marked the culmination phase of the training exercise and validated the operational readiness of the Strategic Missile Group equipped with Shaheen-1 missiles," it said.