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Pakistan Military Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

Pakistan's military says it has successfully tested a short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads.

The military said that the launch of Hatf-II missile was conducted on March 5 by the Strategic Missile Group, at an undisclosed location.

Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said the missile can carry strategic and conventional weapons up to a distance of 180 kilometers.

The Pakistani test came one day after the military in Pakistan's neighboring nuclear-armed rival India said it successfully tested a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that can carry nuclear weapons up to 290 kilometers.

The two neighboring countries have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.

With AFP and dpa reporting

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