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Pakistan Ready To Test New Missile

Sunday, 17 February 2002 12:00 AM

The reports follow two recent missile tests by rival India.

The mass circulation Jang newspaper said a recent report sent to the government said Pakistan's rocket scientists have sought permission to test fire the missile.

The report said the Shaheen-II, the country's most advanced long-range missile, is nuclear-capable and has a range of up to 1,553 miles.

"The test fire is necessary to accelerate production for defense purposes," said the newspaper, quoting the report.

Using solid fuel, Shaheen-II can reach its target in less than 12 minutes and can carry 1 ton of explosives.

With this missile, Pakistan can target distant Indian cities, such as Madras and Calcutta. "If fired from the Pakistani border, it can reach any target in India," the report said.

"Pakistan's missile technology is more accurate and advanced than India's," said Samar Mubarikmand, who is in charge of the Shaheen missile project. "And this fact has been recognized by international experts."

Both Pakistan and India tested nuclear devices in 1998 and have since been working on their delivery systems.

They also have deployed thousands of troops along their shared border after a Dec. 13 suicide attack on the Indian Parliament, triggering fears of a nuclear conflict in one of the world's most populous regions.

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