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Pakistan summons Indian Charge d’Affaires over alleged air space violation by 'flying object'

A day after claiming that an Indian “high-speed flying object” intruded into its airspace, Pakistan summoned India’s Charge d’Affaires, conveying its strong protest over the alleged unprovoked violation of its airspace,  and also sought a thorough and transparent investigation of the incident

Mar 11, 2022
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A day after claiming that an Indian “high-speed flying object” intruded into its airspace, Pakistan summoned India’s Charge d’Affaires, conveying its strong protest over the alleged unprovoked violation of its airspace,  and also sought a thorough and transparent investigation of the incident. 

On Thursday, the Pakistan military said an Indian-origin “super-sonic flying object” entered into Pakistan from Suratgarh in India at 6.43 pm (local time) on March 9, which later fell on the ground near Mian Chunnu city in Pakistan’s Punjab province at around 6:50 PM on the same day, causing damage to civilian property.

In a statement on Thursday night, Pakistan’s Foreign Office 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.”

“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 the ground,” The Foreign Office said.

It further added that the flight path of the flying object endangered several domestic and international flights within the Pakistani airspace and could have resulted in a serious aviation accident as well as civilian casualties. 

There was no immediate reaction from the Indian side. Pakistan also asked India for a thorough and transparent investigation of the incident, the outcome of which must be shared with it.

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

The Pakistani allegations come in the wake of reports of several drone intrusions into Indian airspace from Pakistan last year. 

(SAM)

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