In a claim that has been denied by New Delhi, Pakistan has summoned the Indian envoy after saying it had shot down an Indian ‘spy-drone’. Pakistan reportedly wants to lodge a strong protest with Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan over “intrusion into its airspace.”
“Some reports of a drone crash in POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) are being referred to. No drone or UAV crash of Indian Army has taken place,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
Pakistan alleges the drone was being used for aerial photography near the LoC and was shot down in Bhimber in PoK, while saying that it was a “violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity.”
Indian government sources said that it was a strange coincidence that Pakistan had shot down the drone soon after the ceasefire violation on Wednesday when a woman was killed and six, including two soldiers were injured as a result of firing from across the border in Akhnoor. India had also planned to lodge a protest with the Pakistani envoy.
This morning three more villagers were injured at the RS Pura sector after cross-border friring.
The ceasefire violations had come just ahead of PM Modi’s Jammu visit on Friday and days afer the Indian PM and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif achieved breakthroughs on peace in a bilateral meeting organised on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia.