Thursday, April 15, 1999 Published at 05:56 GMT 06:56 UK
World: South Asia
Pakistan fires second missile
Pakistan's first Ghauri missile test took place last year
Pakistan has tested a second missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons - increasing the tension in its relations with India.
It is reported to have a range of 750km - considerably less than the Ghauri-2 ballistic missile which Pakistan tested on Wednesday.
The missiles were tested in response to a similar test carried out by India on Sunday.
Officials said the test was conducted at the Sonmiani naval base, 50km from Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi.
Before the missile launch on Wednesday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz told the BBC the Indian Government had broken an agreement to show restraint by testing the Agni-2 missile, and Pakistan was left with no choice if it was to maintain a strategic balance in the region.
This would allow it to deliver warheads deep into Indian territory.
Pakistan's missile tests followed meetings on Tuesday by senior military and political figures, to discuss how to respond to the Indian test.
Pakistani officials said in private they could not afford to get into an arms race with India, according to BBC Islamabad Correspondent, Owen Bennett-Jones.
The Indian Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, has said India has achieved minimum nuclear deterrence with the Agni-2 missile tests.
"Now India is fully secured," the prime minister told members of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
But he added: "Our missile should not cause concern to anyone."
Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said the two countries' missile tests would not affect peace talks.
Western diplomats believe that for all the improvements in Indo-Pakistani relations, Islamabad and Delhi remain committed to developing missile systems which could deliver nuclear warheads.
Pakistan and India have fought three wars since gaining independence in 1947.