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Pakistan successfully test Nuclear Missile

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November 17th, 2006

Pak successfully test-fired an intermediate range, nuclear-capable Hatf 5  ballistic missile on Thursday, the military said. India had been informed of the test beforehand, and was expected to conduct a missile test itself shortly, foreign ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.“Pakistan can be justifiably proud of its defence capability and the reliability of its nuclear deterrence,” Pakistani PM Shaukat Aziz, who watched the test, was quoted as saying. “Pakistan believes in peace that comes from a position of strength and operational readiness,” he said in a statement.”The premier added Pakistan’s nuclear capability had now “matured”.

The Hatf 5, with a range of 1,300 km, was first tested in 1998, the same year Pakistan and India conducted nuclear tests and became nucleararmed states. Under an agreement, both countries notify each other in advance about tests, as one of several confidence boosting measures undertaken since peace talks began. Reuters

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