ISLAMABAD — Pakistan successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles
Saturday capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the military said, as the
Islamic nation's leader urged the world to recognize it as a legitimate
The Shaheen-1 missile has a range of about 400
miles (650 kilometers), while the second Ghaznavi missile could hit
targets at a distance of 180 miles (290 kilometers), an army statement
said. Both can carry conventional and nuclear warheads.
missiles are mostly intended for any confrontation with archrival
India, but Saturday's tests were unlikely to aggravate tensions between
the nuclear-armed neighbors, since they both routinely conduct missile
The latest Pakistani missile test came more than a week
after the leaders of two sides met in Bhutan on the sidelines of a
regional conference, hoping to improve relations that have been strained
since the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani urged world powers "to recognize Pakistan as
a dejure nuclear power with equal rights and responsibilities," the
army statement said. The prime minister called for cooperation on
civilian nuclear power, which would help relieve Pakistan's chronic
Pakistan has refused to sign nonproliferation
accords and faces a nuclear trade ban.