New Delhi, Mar 11: Centre on Friday ordered a high-level inquiry right into a missile which landed in Mian Channu metropolis of Pakistan’s Punjab province on March 9.
Issuing a press release, the federal government mentioned, “On 9 March 2022, in the course of a routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The Government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry.”
“It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident,” it added.
In the meantime, Pakistan summoned India’s Cost d’Affaires and conveyed its sturdy protest over the alleged unprovoked violation of its airspace by an Indian-origin “super-sonic flying object” and sought a radical and clear investigation into the incident that might have resulted in a critical aviation accident.
The Indian diplomat who was summoned to the Overseas Workplace was advised in regards to the alleged violation of its airspace by an Indian-origin “super-sonic flying object” which entered into Pakistan from Suratgarh in India at 6:43 PM (native time) on March 9, the Overseas Workplace mentioned in a press release.
The thing later fell on the bottom close to Mian Chunnu metropolis in Pakistan’s Punjab province at round 6:50 PM on the identical day, inflicting harm to civilian property. “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 Overseas Workplace (FO) mentioned.
Pakistan Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi additionally voiced concern over the incident. In a press release, Qureshi alleged that India had endangered harmless lives by violating Pakistan’s airspace as flights of Saudi and Qatar airways, in addition to home flights, may have been hit.
He mentioned Pakistan would resolve its subsequent step after receiving India’s rationalization, including that envoys of P-5 international locations (China, France, Russia, the UK, and america) can be referred to as to the Overseas Workplace and briefed in regards to the incident.
Story first printed: Friday, March 11, 2022, 19:07 [IST]