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Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile

GEO NEWS (Pakistan), DAINIK BHASKAR (India), AP

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Pakistan's military successfully test fired a missile Monday that is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and has a range of 700km, reports Geo News.

A statement from the Inter Services Public Relations announced: "The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan's deterrence capability and national security."

The statement described the Hatf-VII, or Babur, as an indigenously developed multi-tube cruise missile that has the ability to hit targets with "pin point accuracy."

The low-flying missile is equipped with terrain contour matching and has the added feature of real-time monitoring of the missile's flight path.

The Babur cruise missile was launched from an unspecified location, reports the Associated Press.

The news of the missile is likely to provoke heightened tensions with neighboring India, with whom they have fought three wars since gaining independence from the British Empire in 1947. Many Indian newspapers, including Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, speculated as to whether India could become a target.

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