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India denies Pakistan's accusation of 'violation of airspace'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 16 July 2015, 18:54 IST

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aijaz Ahmed Chaudhary has claimed that an Indian spy drone had been shot down by Pakistani forces for violation of airspace. However, the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan, TCA Raghavan has denied that the drone's origins were Indian.

Claims by Pakistan

  • The Pakistan foreign office in India issued a statement: 'an Indian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or spy drone) entered Pakistan's air space in violation of the international law, Pakistan's territorial integrity'. The UAV was reportedly brought down by Pakistani troops.
  • Earlier, the Pakistan army has claimed that it had shot down an Indian drone in the Bhimber area of PoK. Pak forces alleged that the drone was being used for aerial photography near the Line of Control.

Strong denial by India

  • The Indian military has strongly denied the allegation. According to media reports, the Indian Defence Ministry, earlier in the day, said that the reports of a drone crash in PoK are being referred to but no drone or UAV crash of Indian Army has taken place.
  • Indian officials say the drone could have belonged to the police of Pakistan's Punjab province, where it is used for highway patrolling.
First published: 16 July 2015, 12:54 IST