Pakistan had successfully test fired a short-range ballistic missile nuclear capable Hatf II 0503121
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|Monday, March 5, 2012, 07:46 AM|
|Pakistan had successfully test fired a short-range ballistic missile nuclear capable Hatf II.|
Pakistan said on Monday, March 5, 2012, 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.
A launcher vehicle loaded with Pakistani-made Hatf-II or Abdali ballistic missile rolls down a street during a military parade in Islamabad. (Archive image)
“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 – have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.
Pakistan’s arsenal includes short-, medium- and long-range missiles named after Muslim conquerors.
The neighbours were on the brink of nuclear conflict in 2002 over the disputed territory of Kashmir, but a slow-moving peace dialogue resumed last March after a three-year suspension following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
India and the United States blamed the attacks on Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Islamabad later admitted that the assault was at least partly planned in Pakistan.