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Pakistan to carry out more tests, chief of air staff says.

ISLAMABAD, May 27 Kyodo

Chief of the Air Staff, Chief Air Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir said Monday that the missile tests carried out Saturday and Sunday were successful and more tests would be conducted.

''There would be more tests,'' Mir told reporters at a graduation ceremony for pilots at Risalpur Air Academy, about 125 kilometers north of Islamabad in the North West Frontier Province.

Pakistan earlier informed regional countries last week that it would carry out a series of missile tests, from Saturday to Tuesday, to confirm technical and other data required for its indigenous missile development program.

The country tested its medium-range Ghauri missile and short-range Ghaznavi missile on Saturday and Sunday respectively. It would also reportedly test-fire another 2-stage, solid fuel propellant medium-range Shaheen-2 missile on either Monday or Tuesday.

Pakistan will also celebrate the fourth anniversary of conducting nuclear tests at Chagai in Baluchistan on Tuesday.

The country carried out nuclear tests in May 1998 after India conducted similar ones.
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Date:Jun 3, 2002
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