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Pakistan tests hi-tech surface-to-surface missile

19 April, 2011

Pakistan tests hi-tech surface-to-surface missile
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan`s military on Tuesday said it had successfully test-fired a newly developed short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The military said in a statement that the "Hatf 9" missile with a range of 60 kilometres (40 miles) "could carry nuclear warheads of appropriate yields with high accuracy".

"The missile has been developed to add deterrence value to Pakistan`s strategic weapons development programme at shorter ranges," it said, adding that "this quick response system addresses the need to deter evolving threats".

South Asian rivals India and Pakistan -- which have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir -- have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.

Pakistan`s arsenal includes short-range, medium and long-range missiles named after Muslim conquerors.

Pakistan carried out nuclear weapons tests in May 1998, following similar tests by India.

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