New Delhi: Pakistan summoned the Indian envoy on Thursday and lodged a protest after saying it had shot down an Indian “spy” drone, a claim that has been denied by New Delhi. In the meeting this morning, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aijaz Ahmed Chaudhary protested against “cross bordering firing by India” and also claimed that an Indian spy plane had been shot down for violation of airspace.
A statement from the Pakistan foreign office said: “An Indian UAV (Spy Drone) entered Pakistan’s air space in violation of the international law, Pakistan’s territorial integrity… The UAV was brought down by Pakistani troops.” High Commissioner TCA Raghavan denied that the drone was Indian, and asserted that it was Pakistan that fired first at the border.
The Pakistan army alleges that India was using the drone for aerial photography near the Line of Control and it was shot down in the Bhimber area of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir for “violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity.” The claim has been questioned because the drone does not appear to be of the kind used by India. Indian officials say the drone is used for highway patrolling, and could have belonged to the police of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Indian government sources called it a “strange coincidence that Pakistan claimed it shot down an Indian drone soon after the violation” on Wednesday.