Cowardly Indian attack on AJK PM

World       by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

World by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

Reuters adds: Confirming that the AJK prime minister's helicopter did come under fire, Indian authorities alleged that the Pakistani chopper had violated the Indian air space along the LoC around noon.

Pakistan on Sunday said the violation of Indian airspace by a Pakistani chopper was accidental, according to various media reports.

Muslim-majority Kashmir is divided between nuclear-armed neighbors, who both claim the mountainous region in full and have fought two of their three wars over it since their separation in 1947.

The Indian forces opened fire on the helicopter of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider while it was flying atop Pakistan's airspace near the Line of Control on Sunday. "Luckily, we remained unhurt and the helicopter was not damaged", he said.

Pakistani media said that Raja Farooq Haider, the so-called "Prime Minister of Pak-occupied Kashmir", was on board the helicopter and was flying to village Tarori in PoK.

The copter immediately retreated after the intrusion of airspace was retaliated by the Indian Army.

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Instead of tendering apology or expressing regret over the incident, Indian officials tried to shift the blame by claiming that the chopper violated its airspace and was sacked at for pushing it back into AJK territory. The white-coloured chopper came 700 meters inside the Indian Territory and was immediately retaliated by troops with small arms fire. To a question, he said that a civilian chopper can move up to the Zero Line of border.

The airspace violation comes amid tensions between Indian and Pakistan at the border and the United Nations.

"The Indian army fired to show that Pakistan had violated their airspace", Khan's office said in a statement, but added "when the firing took place, we were within our own airspace". Air sentries at forward locations had engaged it with small arms, a move meant to warn the pilot about the intrusion and force the chopper to turn back.

"World's dreaded terrorists are called freedom fighters in Pakistan".

The development comes just days after India cancelled talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in NY.

"We believe in peace and are determined to encourage it but it can not be done at the cost of country's pride and sovereignty", Modi said, whose government has recently rejected Pakistan's offer for peace talks.

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