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Pakistani military tests missile
Hatf VI missile test March 2006
In February Pakistan test fired a long-range Hatf VI missile
Pakistan says it has successfully tested a cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The country's armed forces said the missile had the capability of avoiding being detected by radars.

The Babar or Hatf-VII missile has a range of 700km (430 miles), the military said.

In February Pakistan test fired a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Hatf VI missile, with a much longer range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles).

Earlier this month, Pakistan said it had successfully tested a short-range missile, also capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The military did not say where Thursday's test took place.

Pakistan and its neighbour India - both nuclear powers - routinely carry out missile tests.

The two sides have signed an agreement aimed at reducing the risk of accidental nuclear war in the region.

Tension between Pakistan and India has decreased in recent months amid a series of bilateral overtures.

The two powers stepped back from the brink of war after India blamed Pakistan for involvement in an armed attack on the parliament in Delhi in 2001.

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