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Pakistan said it had successfully test fired a short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying atomic warheads.
The Hatf II (Abdali) has a range of 180 kilometres (113 miles) and carries nuclear as well as conventional warheads with "high accuracy", the military said in a statement.
"It provides an operational level capability to Pakistan's strategic forces, additional to the strategic and tactical level capability which Pakistan already possesses," the statement said.
South Asian rivals India and Pakistan -- which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947
Abdali (named after Ahmad Shah Abdali, the founder of modern day Afghanistan) also designated Hatf II, is a short range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed by Pakistan....
Pakistan - Hatf III (Hatf 3) Ghaznavi Short Range Ballistic Missile ...
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nzuTHpCQ0UApr 24, 2010 - 52 sec - Uploaded by PakVolunteer
Ghaznavi (Urdu: غزنوی) (named after the 11th century conqueror Mahmud of Ghazni), also designated Hatf III,
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
I wonder if India or China will respond with condemnation or even some tests of their own. Let's hope this doesn't escalate into something bigger.
New Delhi risks upsetting Asia’s delicate weapons balance
Sometime over the next three months,perhaps as early as December, Indian defense officials are scheduled to test the country‘s first truly intercontinental ballistic missile, the Agni-V, which theoretically brings India’s weapons program within range of most of China.
Officials insist that India has a no-strike-first policy and that the weapons are no threat to any other country in the region. Said VK Saraswat, the chief of the Defense Research & Development Organization, the federal body that oversees the country’s indigenous arms development: “We are not looking at how many missiles China or Pakistan has. With a 'no first-use' nuclear weapons policy, we only want a sufficient number of missiles to defend the country in the event of a crisis. Ours is a defensive-mode strategy, even if others have offensive postures.”