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Pakistan tests Hatf-II missile

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday test-fired a short-range surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile `Hatf-II Abdali,' barely eight days after a similar test. The missile with a range of 200km was an ``indigenously developed'' short-range ballistic missile, which could carry all types of warheads, a Defence statement here said. The test firing was aimed at validating ``desired technical parameters which has been successfully achieved.'' Abdali, named after the 18th century Afghan monarch, Ahmad Shah Abadli who invaded parts of India was last time test-fired in February 2006.

Pakistan said it had informed India of its plans to test the missile as per an agreement that warranted the two countries give prior notices of ballistic missile tests.

The missile tests were being conducted as Pakistan geared up for the first meeting of Joint Mechanism on Terrorism with India which was scheduled to be held here on March 6 and 7.

Also Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries were scheduled to be held on March 13-14 to formally begin the fourth round of composite dialogue process.

The missile test was carried out amid reports that the Pakistan army and troops of Afghan National Army exchanged fire in the Kudakhel area of Mohmand Agency on Friday.

The Afghan Army fired several rockets on a border post of the Pakistan army in Kudakhel, about 20 kilometres from here.

— PTI

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