India Fires Missile Into Pakistan
India’s defence ministry, which disclosed this in a statement on Friday, March 11, said it was “deeply regrettable” and expressed relief no one was killed in the incident.
The statement reads, “On March 9, 2022, during routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental missile firing.
“The Government of India has taken serious view and ordered court of enquiry. Missile landed in Pakistan area. Incident is regrettable and matter of relief that there’s been no loss of life.”
On 9 Mar 2022 during routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to accidental #missile firing
Govt of #India has taken serious view & ordered Court of Enquiry
Missile landed in Pakistan area
Incident is regrettable & matter of relief that there's been no loss of life pic.twitter.com/y4xjsJRjbh
— PRO Defence Gujarat (@DefencePRO_Guj) March 11, 2022
The National Security Adviser of Pakistan, Moeed Yusuf, who reacted to the incident, said it was wrong for India to wait for days before accepting responsibility for firing the missile.
He wrote: “On March 9th, a supersonic projectile from India traveling at 40,000 feet covered over 250 km & landed inside Pakistani territory.
“It has taken more than 2 days for India to accept that this was their missile launched ostensibly due to a technical malfunction during maintenance.
“This raises serious questions about India’s ability to handle such sensitive technology. This missile traveled close to the path of international and domestic commercial airlines and threatened the safety of civilians.”
On March 9th, a supersonic projectile from India traveling at 40,000 feet covered over 250 km & landed inside Pakistani territory. It has taken more than 2 days for India to accept that this was their missile launched ostensibly due to a technical malfunction during maintenance.
— Moeed W. Yusuf (@YusufMoeed) March 11, 2022
Pakistan’s military said a “high-speed flying object” had crashed near the eastern city of Mian Channu and its flight path had endangered passenger flights.
“The flight path of this object endangered many national and international passenger flights both in Indian and Pakistani airspace, as well as human life and property of ground,” said Pakistani military spokesman Major-General Babar Iftikharon Thursday.
On Friday, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said it had summoned India’s chargé d’affaires to complain about the incident and share the findings of its investigation into what happened.
India and Pakistan have been involved in conflict dating back several years, especially over which nation controls the Kashmir territory. Both countries have nuclear weapons.
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