In part of a bid to become a recognized nuclear power Pakistan has test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles that can be equipped with nuclear warheads. The short-range missiles (400 miles and 180 miles respectively) are only regional threats, but could signal a move towards further development. They also spark the fears that terrorist groups, such as the Taliban, could get their hands on nuclear weapons technology.
Pakistan successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles Saturday capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the military said.
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.