Conflicts & War

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over alleged airspace violation

Islamabad, Mar 11 (EFE).- Pakistan on Friday summoned Indian envoy in Islamabad to register a protest over what it claims was an unprovoked violation of its airspace by an Indian origin “super-sonic flying object,” according to official sources.

The Pakistan foreign office statement said the incident occurred on Mar. 9, and described it as an “irresponsible incident” that reflected India’s “disregard for air safety and callousness towards regional peace and stability.”

“The Charge d’Affaires (Cd’A) of the Republic of India in Islamabad was summoned to the Foreign Office today and conveyed Pakistan’s strong protest over the unprovoked violation of its airspace by an Indian origin ‘super-sonic flying object’,” the statement said.

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

The statement further said it was a “blatant violation” of Pakistani airspace in contravention of the established international norms and aviation safety protocols.

Pakistan said it cautioned India to be mindful of the “unpleasant consequences” of such negligence and take effective measures to avoid the recurrence off such violations in future.

Moreover, Pakistan urged India to conduct an enquiry into the incident and share its outcome with it.

On Thursday, the Pakistan military announced that an unarmed “supersonic missile” from India entered Pakistani airspace and fell in the southern Punjab region, causing some damage to the vicinity, but without human casualties.

India is yet to officially acknowledge or respond to the Pakistani claim.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Friday formally inducted six China-made J-10C fighter aircraft in its Air Force fleet during a ceremony at the Kamra Air Base which was attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In an adderss, Khan thanked China for providing the jets to Pakistan in a “record time of eight months.”

“I am glad that our armed forces have a futuristic and forward-looking approach because technology is going to be a great tool for future warfare,” the PM said in a live televised address.

He congratulated the nation on the historic occasion of the induction of J-10C aircraft, a medium weight, single-engine fighter jet.

He further said that Pakistan would spend more on its defense as its wealth increased with time.

Many analysts in the country believe the acquisition of J-10C aircraft is in response to India’s purchase of Rafale fighter jets from France.

According to state-run wire service APP, The J10-C can be equipped with bigger active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar than the one used by the JF-17 Block 3. The aircraft can carry more advanced, fourth-generation air-to-air missiles including the short-range PL-10 and the beyond-visual-range PL-15. EFE


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