Pakistan Army Shoots Down Indian Quadcopter after it Violated Airspace for Spying
Pakistan Army shot down on Thursday an Indian quadcopter after it violated the country’s airspace in Sankh district along the road of Control (LoC).
According to a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR),the Indian quadcopter intruded 600 meters inside Pakistan’s territory for conducting surveillance. Pakistani troops aggressively skilled the ‘blatant act’ by shooting down the quadcopter.
Such unwarranted acts by Indian Army are clear violation of established norms, existing Air Agreement between two countries and reflect Indian Army’s consistent disregard to Ceasefire Understanding of 2003,” it added.
According to military sources, the Indian military uses quadcopters for aerial photography of Pakistani posts along the LoC as a part of its intelligence-gathering operations and target selection before completing cross-LoC shelling.
Last year in March, the military had shot down a quadcopter in Rakhchikri Sector along the LoC when it came 150 meters inside Pakistan, consistent with the ISPR.
The intrusion had are available the aftermath of the heightened tensions between the 2 countries, following New Delhi’s aggression in Balakot after Pulwama attack.
Tensions between Pakistan and India had flared up after the Narendra Modi government, with none proof, had blamed Islamabad for the Pulwama attack. Earlier in January 2019, the troops had shot another spy quadcopter in Bagh sector along the LoC.
Jammu and Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts, and claimed by both fully . A small sliver is also held by China.
Since they were partitioned in 1947, the 2 countries have fought three wars — in 1948, 1965 and 1971 — two of them over Kashmir.
Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or unification with the neighboring Pakistan.
According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have been killed and tortured in the conflict that flared up in 1989.