On Friday, India admitted to firing a missile into Pakistan by accident, calling the act “very unfortunate.” The “accidental shooting” was caused by a “technical fault,” according to the military ministry.
“During routine maintenance on March 9, 2022, a technical breakdown resulted in the inadvertent discharge of a missile,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
According to the defence ministry, the Indian government has also ordered a high-level court of inquiry into the incident. The absence of casualties was a source of relief for the Defense Ministry.
“It has been learned that the missile fell in Pakistan.” While the incident is very regretful, it is also a source of relief that no one was killed as a result of it “According to the Ministry of Defense.
‘Indian-origin projectile’ violates Pakistani airspace.
Pakistan summoned India’s Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad and expressed its outrage at an alleged unprovoked breach of its airspace by a “Indian-origin supersonic flying object.” “and demanded a full and open probe into the event.
The “super-sonic flying object” of Indian provenance “, which crossed into Pakistan from India’s ‘Suratgarh’ at 6:43 p.m. local time on 9 March, landed near Mian Chunnu city at around 6:50 p.m. local time on the same day, causing civilian property damage.
“Be wary of the painful implications of such neglect and take effective efforts to prevent the recurrence of similar transgressions in the future,” Pakistan advised India.
Major General Babar Iftikhar, a spokesman for the Pakistan Army, said that on March 9, the Pakistan Air Force’s Air Defence Operations Center detected a high-speed flying object inside Indian territory.
“Pakistan firmly condemns this heinous act and warns against a repeat in the future,” the statement reads “Iftikhar said.
The object abruptly changed direction and entered Pakistani territory, violating Pakistani air space before crashing near Mian Channu in the Khanewal region of Punjab around 6:50 p.m., damaging some civilian property but causing no loss or injury to human life.
“From its place of origin in India till its point of impact near Mian Channu, the PAF constantly observed the flying object’s whole flight path and launched mandatory tactical actions in accordance with standard operating protocols,” he added.
He went on to say, “It was a supersonic flying thing, most likely a missile, but it was absolutely unarmed.”
He stated that India should explain what caused the tragedy, which he believes demonstrates their disrespect for aviation safety and reflects poorly on their technological prowess and procedural efficiency.
The projectile travelled 124 kilometres within Pakistani territory in three minutes and 44 seconds, according to Air Vice Marshall Tariq Zia. Iftikhar further stated that the rocket did not hit any important installations in Mian Channu.
Ties between India and Pakistan have deteriorated since a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by Pakistan-based extremist groups. The relationship deteriorated further after other attacks, including one on an Indian Army camp in Uri.