Pakistan today claimed successful launch of Ghauri ballistic missile (North Korean supplied No-Dong-1 which itself is a variant of the Soviet Scud missile system). Last week, ISRP the propaganda wing of Pak army claimed a successful launch of its Ababeel missile which was later proved to be false as local reported the test was an abject failure as the debris of the missile fell in Phelawagh area of DeraBugti, Baluchistan

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday successfully conducted a training launch of the Ghauri Weapon System, according to a statement by the army, a week after holding the flight test of the ballistic missile Ababeel Weapon System. The purpose of the launch is "aimed at testing the operational and technical readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC)," the statement said.

The purpose of the launch was to test the operational and technical readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command. The launch was witnessed by senior officers, scientists, and engineers. This comes after the US imposed sanctions on three Chinese companies for supplying missile-related items to Pakistan. China has been a major supplier of arms and defence equipment to Pakistan.

The launch was witnessed by Commander ASFC, senior officers from the strategic forces, scientists, and engineers of the strategic organisation.

The Commander of the ASFC also appreciated the scientists and engineers for their contributions towards the enhancement of Pakistan's strategic capability, the statement said.

China, an all-weather ally of Pakistan, has been the main supplier of arms and defence equipment to Islamabad's military modernisation program.

President Arif Alvi, Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar and Services Chiefs congratulated the participating troops, scientists, and engineers on the successful conduct of the training launch. Earlier on October 18, Pakistan Army test-fired Ababeel missile system from an undisclosed location, which lost its way and fell in Phelawagh area of DeraBugti, Baluchistan.

That test of the ballistic missile system, a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) - the media wing of the army had said, was aimed at "re-validating various design, technical parameters, and performance evaluation of different sub-systems."