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    Pakistan successfully test-fired on Wednesday an intermediate-range ballistic missile able to carry a nuclear warhead, Pakistan's DawnNews reported.

    Pakistan successfully test-fired on Wednesday an intermediate-range ballistic missile able to carry a nuclear warhead, Pakistan's DawnNews reported.

    The Hatf-IV (Shaheen-1A) missile hit a target in the Indian Ocean.

    The weapon is an improved version of the the Shaheen 1, Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department said.

    The missile "will further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan's deterrence abilities," said Gen Khalid Kidwai, the head of the Pakistan army's Strategic Plans Division.

    The launch comes less than a week after neighbor and rival India successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile it says is capable of reaching as far as China or Europe.

    Pakistan and India have fought three full-scale wars since achieving independence from the British empire in 1947.

     

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