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Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable Missile

From Reuters:

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile
Sun Feb 19, 2006 07:08 AM GMT

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan successfully test-fired a short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Sunday, a military statement said.

It said the Hatf-II/Abdali ground-to-ground missile had a range of 200 km (125 miles) and could carry "nuclear and other types of warheads".

"All planned technical parameters were validated," the statement said. It gave no more details nor the site of the test, which was announced as President Pervez Musharraf was due to leave for a five-day state visit to China.

In a reference to neighbouring countries, the statement said advance notice of the test had been given to "all concerned".

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since winning independence from British rule in 1947 and went to the brink of a fourth in 2002.

Both have regularly carried out missile tests despite warming bilateral relations over the past two years.

Sunday's was the second test-firing of the Hatf-II. The first took place in March last year when the missile's range was given as 180 km (112 miles).

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Interesting choice of timing, considering the current activites in the region...


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