ISLAMABAD (Reuters) –successfully test fired a long-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Saturday, the military said, in the first missile test under a new government installed last month.
“The missile Hatf-VI (Shaheen-2) has a range of 2000 km (1,200 miles) and can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads,” the military said in a statement.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani watched the test of the surface-to-surface missile and congratulated engineers and scientists for achieving an “important milestone” in Pakistan’s quest for sustaining strategic balance in South Asia, it said.
Nuclear-armed Pakistan androutinely carry out missile tests despite a peace process they launched in early 2004.
The South Asian neighbors, who conducted tit-for-tat nuclear weapons tests in 1998, inform each other of missile tests in advance.
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A Hatf III missile is being launched in February 2008. Pakistan on Saturday test-fired a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, the military said.