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NEWS: Pakistan Successfully Tests Long Range Missile

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posted on Mar, 19 2005 @ 12:28 PM
Pakistan reports that it has carried out a successful test of the Shaheen II missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to a target up to 2,000 kilometers away, the longest range of any Pakistan missile test to date. The new missile could hit targets deep inside the territory of Islamabad's archrival neighbor India. There was no immediate reaction from the Indian government, but the move is not expected to heighten tensions between the powers at this time.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan on Saturday successfully test-fired its longest-range missile, a military spokesman said, capable of carrying nuclear warheads and hitting many targets deep inside neighboring India.

The test of the Shaheen II missile, which has a range of 1,250 miles, was not, however, expected to hurt peace efforts between the nuclear rivals. Both countries routinely conduct missile tests and inform each other in advance.

The military did not disclose where the test was conducted, but said it was witnessed by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

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The current government of Pakistan is unlikely to start a war with India or any other country, but its hold on power is tenuous. The risk of an Islamic revolution in Pakistan is real, and the possibility of such a state armed with nuclear weapons and long range missiles to carry them is chilling.

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posted on Mar, 19 2005 @ 01:08 PM
With three wars under their belts between India and Pakistan just since 1947, the tensions must surely be mounting there.

Also with declared non poliferation agreements yet highly publisized leaking of information in Nuclear technology to middle eastern countries It looks like a powder keg could go off there soon.


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