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Pakistan tested a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear charge

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — On Thursday night, Pakistan tested the Ghaznavi short-range ballistic missile, Major General Asif Ghafoor, head of the press service of the Islamic Republic of the Islamic Republic, wrote on Twitter.

This ground-to-ground missile can carry both a conventional and a nuclear warhead and can hit targets up to 290 kilometers away, he added.

According to him, the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan praised this event and expressed their congratulations to the people of the country.

Tests amid aggravation in Kashmir

The development of the Hatf series of missiles, which include Ghaznavi (also known as Hatf-3), has been ongoing since the mid-1980s.

Another successful test of the rocket took place against the backdrop of worsening relations between Pakistan and India over Kashmir.

After the Muslim regions of British India formed a separate state of Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir remained the only Indian state where the majority of the population are Muslims.

The separatists are active there, of which the Pakistani authorities accuse New Delhi of support.

After the introduction of direct federal administration by the Indian leadership, Jammu and Kashmir ceased to be a state and became “union territory.”

In early August this year, New Delhi introduced direct federal government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, abolishing the region’s special status. It was reported that the parties began to draw troops to the border, and on the eve of Pakistan threatened to re-close its airspace for India.

In the past, these two neighboring countries have already fought three times over Kashmir. Now both of them possess nuclear weapons.

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