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Pakistan Tests New Surface-to-Surface Missile


Pakistan says it has successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of hitting targets anywhere in India.

A military statement said Tuesday the Pakistani developed surface-to-surface Shaheen 2 missile can carry all types of warheads up to 2,000 kilometers.

The statement did not say where the test was conducted but stressed that Islamabad informed neighboring countries of the test in advance as a "confidence building measure."

It added that the test-firing reflects Pakistan's resolve to maintain a minimum credible deterrence.

The test comes amid a warming of relations between Pakistan and India. The nuclear-armed rivals have begun talks on a "basic road map" to resolve all outstanding issues, including the dispute over the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir.

There was no immediate response from India, which has a missile development program of its own.

Pakistan's arsenal includes the Ghauri missile, which can reach 1,500 kilometers, as well as the Shaheen 1 missile with a range of about 700 kilometers. Both are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.