Ground Report | New Delhi: Missile fired on Pakistan territory; The Pakistan Army had claimed on Thursday that a supersonic object had come to Pakistan from India and crashed into Pakistani territory. Ministry of External Affairs has now confirmed that one of its missiles landed in Pakistani territory, which it has “deeply regretted”. “We have learned that a missile has landed in Pakistani territory,” the ministry said.
The Ministry of External Affairs has said, “During routine maintenance on 9 March 2022, the missile suddenly fired due to a technical fault. The Government of India has taken this seriously and has ordered a high-level inquiry.
The Ministry of External Affairs further said that it has been learned that the missile has fallen in the territory of Pakistan. The ministry said, “Sorry over the incident, while it is a matter of relief that no one has lost their lives in the accident.”
“It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident,” the statement read.
According to the Pakistan Army, the incident took place at 6:43 pm on March 9 in Mian Channu. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry had summoned the Indian Chief of Staff to the Foreign Office on Thursday and recorded its protest and handed over the protest letter to the Indian Chief of Staff.
According to a statement issued by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, the Indian diplomat was told that the fall of the supersonic could not only damage civilian property but also human lives.
The Indian diplomat was asked to inform his government of Pakistan’s condemnation and concern over this violation of airspace.
The object later fell to the ground near the city of Mian Chunnu in Pakistan’s Punjab province at around 6:50 p.m. m., causing damage to civilian property. “They also put human lives on land at risk,” the Foreign Office (FO) said.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed concern about the incident. In a statement, Qureshi alleged that India had endangered innocent lives by violating Pakistan’s airspace, as Saudi and Qatari airline flights, as well as domestic flights, might have been targeted. (Missile fired on Pakistan territory)