Pakistan test launches short-range Ghaznavi missile ISLAMABAD (updated on: December 09, 2006, 10:33 PST): Pakistan's military successfully test-fired on Saturday a short-range range, nuclear-capable Hatf III Ghaznavi missile with a range of 290 km (180 miles). It was the third test launch of a ballistic missile in as many weeks, the military said in a statement. 'The launch came at the culmination phase of the training exercise, which validated the operational readiness of the Strategic Missile Group equipped with Ghaznavi missiles,' the military said, referring to the unit that handles nuclear-capable missiles. Pakistan's Hatf series of missiles is named after an ancient sword mentioned in Islamic historical books. Pakistan conducted a series of nuclear tests in 1998, shortly after its India conducted similar explosions. Relations have improved since they embarked on a tentative peace process in 2004.