Indian HC summoned at FO on Pak airspace violation


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday lodged a strong protest over its airspace violation by an Indian spy drone, which was brought down by Pakistani troops.


Indian High Commissioner Dr T.C.A Raghavan was called in at the Foreign Office by the Foreign Secretary who registered a protest over the airspace violation at Banchirian Sector (near Bhimber) on Wednesday when an Indian UAV (Spy Drone) entered Pakistan’s air space.

The incident was in violation of the International Law, Pakistan’s territorial integrity and the two Agreements of 1991 on Airspace Violation, and SOPs of Advance Notice for Military Exercises, Military Maneuvers and Troops Movement.

The Foreign Secretary also registered the government’s concern over helicopter maneuvers near Line of Control (LoC) on 11 July 2015, terming it “an offensive and threatening posture”.

Protest was also lodged for the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian BSF at Phuklian-Akhnor sector early morning on 15 July 2015, which continued until sunset.

The Foreign Secretary also protested the ceasefire violations which took place this morning at LoC and Working Boundary (WB), resulting the martyrdom of four civilians and injuring another five.

According to details, at Neza Pir sector near LoC, the Indian side started unprovoked firing at midnight on 16 July 2015 while at the Working Boundary, Chaprar sector, the Indian BSF started fire at 01:25am which lasted until 05:00am. The Pakistani troops while exercising restraint also responded.

The Foreign Secretary emphasized that in the spirit of maintaining peace and tranquility at the LoC and WB, and the region at large, it was important that the 2003 Understanding on maintaining ceasefire is observed.

The Indian High Commissioner assured to convey the message to his authorities, accordingly.