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Pakistan warns India after “supersonic missile” violates air space

The projectile entered Pakistan from ‘Suratgarh’ India and crashed near Mian Chunnu city causing damage to civilian property. Pakistan cautioned the Government of India to be mindful of the unpleasant consequences of such negligence.

Pakistan on Thursday said an Indian “supersonic missile” violated country’s air space, endangering civil flights before crashing 124 km from the international borders near Mian Chunnu, damaged civilian property, but no lives were lost.

“Pakistan strongly protested this flagrant violation and cautions against recurrence of any such incident in the future,” DG Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar told a press conference.

The DG ISPR DG said the incident occurred on March 9, when a high-speed flying object was detected inside the Indian territory by the PAF Air Defence Operation System. The object was picked up at 18:43 hours which after remaining airborne, suddenly manoeuvred from its initial course and intruded into the Pakistani territory. He described it as “a supersonic flying object, most probably a missile, but it was certainly unarmed.”

Initial reports Wednesday suggested that some small aircraft had crashed in the area.

He said the Pakistan Air Force continuously monitored the complete flying path of the object, from its point of origin near Sirsa in India to its point of impact, near Mian Channu and “initiated requisite tactical actions.”

Pakistan lodges strong protest over violation of its airspace 

Pakistan on Thursday summoned the Charge d’Affaires (Cd’A) of  India to Foreign Office to convey Pakistan’s strong protest over the unprovoked violation of its airspace by an Indian origin ‘super-sonic flying object’.

The projectile entered into Pakistan from ‘Suratgarh’ India at 1843 hrs. (PST) on 9 March 2022 and crashed near Mian Chunnu city in Pakistan at around 1850 hrs. causing damage to civilian property, a statement from the office of the Foreign Office spokesperson said.

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“The Indian diplomat was conveyed that the imprudent launch of the flying object not only caused damage to civilian property but also put at risk human lives on ground.”

The flight path of the flying object endangered several domestic and international flights within Pakistani airspace and could have resulted in a serious aviation accident as well as civilian casualties, the spokesperson said.

The Indian Cd’A was told to convey to the Government of India Pakistan’s “strong condemnation of this blatant violation of Pakistani airspace in contravention of the established international norms and Aviation safety protocols.”

“Such irresponsible incidents were also reflective of India’s disregard for Air safety and callousness towards regional peace and stability.”

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Pakistan called for a thorough and transparent investigation of the incident, the outcome of which must be shared with Pakistan.

Pakistan cautioned the Government of India to be mindful of the unpleasant consequences of such negligence and take effective measures to avoid the recurrence of such violations in future, the statement said.

Courtesy: APP