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DATE=4/11/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-247096 TITLE=PAK / INDIA REACT (S) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA'S SUNDAY TEST-FIRING OF A MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILE MAY BE RAISING THE STAKES IN SOUTH ASIA/ AS CORRESPONDENT SCOTT ANGER REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD, THE TEST HAS RAISED THE PROBABILITY OF REACTIVE ACTION BY RIVAL PAKISTAN. TEXT: SOON AFTER INDIA'S SUCCESSFUL TEST OF THE AGNI-TWO BALLISTIC MISSILE, PAKISTAN WARNED IT MIGHT HAVE TO GIVE WHAT IT CALLS A BEFITTING RESPONSE. ISLAMABAD HAS MAINTAINED -- IF NEW DELHI CONDUCTED ANY MISSILE TESTS -- IT, TOO, WOULD HAVE TO TEST A NEW MISSILE CAPABLE OF CARRYING A NUCLEAR WARHEAD. PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ HAS TOLD REUTERS NEWS AGENCY PAKISTAN WILL MAKE A DECISION WHETHER TO TEST, IN A DAY OR TWO. UNDER NEW BILATERAL AGREEMENT, INDIA ALERTED ARCH-RIVAL PAKISTAN ABOUT THE MISSILE TEST. BOTH COUNTRIES -- WHICH HAVE FOUGHT THREE WARS IN THE LAST 50 YEARS -- CONDUCTED BACK-TO-BACK NUCLEAR TESTS LAST MAY, RAISING TENSIONS IN THE REGION. (SIGNED) NEB / SA / DWJ / WD 11-Apr-99 4:20 AM EDT (0820 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .