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Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Julie Jalloul No Comments

Pakistan conducts successful ballistic missile test


photo: US Army

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Pakistan successfully conducted a nuclear-capable ballistic missile test on Wednesday, the military said, according to AFP.

“Pakistan today successfully conducted the launch of the intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1A weapon system,” the military said in a statement.

Pakistan’s Shaheen-1A is an intermediate range ballistic missile, capable of reaching targets in India, Aljazeera reported. Military officials refused to reveal details about the range of the missile.

The missile which landed in the Indian Ocean comes less than a week, after rival India tested a missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads as far as Beijing and Eastern Europe, reuters reported.

India and Pakistan have fought three full-scale wars since they were gained their independence of British India in 1947. India and Pakistan have both  carried out missile tests since they declared nuclear weapons capability in 1998. They conduct missile tests  and inform each other in advance.

Last Thursday, India tested its long range Agni V missile, which can deliver a one-ton nuclear warhead to anywhere in China.

India and Pakistan were on edge of clashing  in 2002 over the status of the Kashmir territory.

 India and the United States have accused the attacks on Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Islamabad.

Pakistan, like neighboring India, has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).




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