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Pakistan Military Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

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March 05, 2012
The Pakistani military announced on March 5 that it had successfully tested a short-range ballistic missile, which it said could carry either nuclear or conventional warheads. The military provided video to news agencies, but did not give the exact date of the launch. AP video
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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by: Khalid Mahmood from: Madison, Wisconsin
March 05, 2012 14:51
India introduced nuclear weapons in South Asia and left Pakistan no choice but to follow suit. Since both countries developed nuclear weapons no large scale war has taken place between the two who have fought three wars before in 1948, 1965, and 1971. India invaded Pakistan militarily and physically caused the breakup of Pakistan. Thus Pakistan cannot trust India, and has no choice but to maintain a minimum nuclear deterrent.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 06, 2012 08:50
The Taliban will be glad once they have taken power in Afghanistan and Pakistan and discovered all this impressive arsenal put at their disposal by the closest of the US allies.

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