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Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

The surface-to-surface Abdali has a range of 200 kilometers (125 miles).
by Staff Writers
Islamabad (AFP) Mar 03, 2007
Pakistan on Saturday test-fired a short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, its second test within eight days, the military said. The surface-to-surface Abdali has a range of 200 kilometers (125 miles) and is one of the earliest missile systems developed by Pakistan. "The test was aimed at validation of the desired technical parameters which has been successfully achieved," the military said in a statement.

Pakistan tested the Shaheen II, or Hatf VI, missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) on February 23, two days after signing a historic deal with rival India to cut the risk of atomic weapons accidents.

The neighbours have routinely conducted missile tests since carrying out tit-for-tat nuclear detonations in May 1998.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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