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Test launch of Pakistani ballistic missile successfulPakistan authorities conducted a successful test launch of the ‘Shaheen-III’ on March 9, 2015, surface-to-surface ballistic missile, capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 km.

A statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the test launch was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapons system at its maximum range, Dawn online reported.

Last year, ‘Shaheen-I’ and ‘Shaheen-II’ missiles were test-fired.

The Shaheen-II test missile was found capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 1,500 km.

Missile launch was witnessed by senior officers from the Strategic Plans Division, strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.

The impact point of the launch was in the Arabian Sea.

The successful test launch and achievement of the range milestone has been appreciated by President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan had about 120 atomic weapons, 10 more than India, in its nuclear arsenal last year, according to a new interactive infographic unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Designed by the Bulletin, founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the infographic tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in the nine nuclear weapon states.

The Nuclear Notebook Interactive Infographic provides a visual representation of the Bulletin’s famed Nuclear Notebook, which since 1987 has tracked the number and type of the world’s nuclear arsenals.

Having reached a peak of over 65,000 in the late 1980s, the number of nuclear warheads has dropped significantly to a little over 10,000, but more countries now possess them, it shows.

According to the infographic, the United States and Russia both have about 5,000 weapons each.

France has 300, China 250, the United Kingdom 225 and Israel 80. North Korea has only conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

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