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Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable medium-range missile


16:59, April 25, 2012

ISLAMABAD, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Wednesday successfully launched a medium range ballistic nuclear capable missile, the military said.

Pakistan conducted the test just days after India test-fired its first Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Agni-V. "Pakistan today successfully conducted the launch of intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf-4 Shaheen-1A weapons system,"an army statement said Wednesday. "The missile is an improved version of Shaheen-1 with improvements in range and technical parameters," the statement said.

The missile is capable of'carrying nuclear and conventional warheads', statement from the army's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Senior military and officials involved in the country's missile system witnessed the missile test.

The statement did not mention the place where the test was conducted.

The ISPR said that the missile hit the target in sea.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani congratulated the scientists and the military on the successful launch of the missile system.

The nuclear-capable Shaheen-1 missile has originally a range of 700 kilometers (420 miles), according to the army.

Pakistan routinely tests various missiles in its arsenal, designed to match that of neighboring archrival India.

Pakistan conducted the test a few days after India said it successfully test-fired its first Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Agni-V. India said it had joined the elite club of ICBM nations.

Agni-V, the ICBM test-fired by India last week, is capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The missile can carry a pay-load of 1 tonne, and it is 17 m long, 2 m wide and weighs 50 tonnes, according to India media.

Only the permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Russia, France, the United States and the United Kingdom - have such long distance missiles.


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Hammad Sethi at 2012-04-2692.25.59.*
What I have learnt as a Muslim is that you need to be realistic more than be peace-loving to be successful in this life and also in the after-life. If we have money then we can take care of both Haqooq-Allah and also Haqooq-Al-Abad. And Allah Almighty may forgive Haqooq-Ullah but will never forgive Haqooq-Al-Abad. And to fulfil Haqooq-Al-Abad we need the money. If that was not the case then Allah Almighty would never have told the Muslims that infedals would never be friends of the Muslims and would not have instructed Muslims to keep the swords always ready, and would not have said that the world is a feud of Women, Wealth, and Land. What we have learnt from the world history is that peace is always achievable but only ever at the terms of the powerful, and whoever dictates the terms of peace not only better protects their own women, wealth, and land, but also forceably takes advantage of the women, wealth, and land of the weak.... Remember Aafia Siddiqui, Kashmir, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia, East Timor, terror drones etc... Today the world is going through a period of termendous change, and the so-called big players of the world are re-adjusting themselves and re-enforcing their positions. The truth about US and European respect for human rights, equality, justice, secularism, democracy, and freedom is completely out in the open, and the whole world knows that they are all fraudulent. This is the time for the Muslim leaders to show courage and find a respectable position for the Muslims in this changing world.

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