Asian Arms Race: Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile

BBC – Pakistan has test fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile, military officials say, less than a week after India also test-launched a long-range missile. The military said the test of the Shaheen 1-A, an intermediate-range missile capable of reaching targets in India, was successful. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since 1947. They conduct regular missile tests and inform each other in advance. Both countries carried out nuclear weapons tests in 1998. Defence experts say that while the exact range of the Pakistani missile has not been revealed, it is capable of hitting targets up to 2,500 to 3,000km (1,550 to 1,850 miles) away – putting arch-rival India well within reach. The Agni-V long-range intercontinental ballistic missile launched by India last week has a range of more than 5,000km (3,100 miles), potentially bringing targets in China within range. Pakistan’s last test was last month, when it launched the short-range nuclear-capable Abdali missile. Read Article