Ghauri Ballistic Missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300 kilometres, a statement from ISPR said.

According to the statement, “The launch was conducted by a strategic missile group of the Army Strategic Forces Command that was aimed at testing the operational and technical readiness of the command.”

Pakistan was declared 'nuclear power' in 1998, when it had conducted underground nuclear tests in response to those carried out by India.

The two countries have fought three wars since gaining Independence from Britain in 1947.

In January this year, India successfully carried out the maiden canister-based trial of its most potent missile Agni-V, which has a strike range of over 5000km and can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne.

Also, India on Thursday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile with a strike range of more than 3,000 km from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.

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