Pakistani helicopter violates Indian airspace in J&K's Poonch sector, armed forces open fire

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 30 September 2018, 06:05 PM
Pakistani helicopter violates Indian airspace in J&K's Poonch sector: Army
Pakistani helicopter violates Indian airspace in J&K's Poonch sector: Army

A Pakistani helicopter violated Indian airspace in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, reported news agency ANI. According to a news channel, the Indian armed forces opened fire at the chopper and the Indian Army has confirmed that it is a Pakistani provocation. 

Jammu-based Army PRO Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said the helicopter violated the airspace around 12:10 pm. Official sources said a white-coloured chopper crossed into this side in Gulpur sector and hovered for sometime before turning back. "Air sentries at forward location had engaged it with small arms," he said adding that it was most likely a civilian chopper and was flying very high.

“Pakistan is adopting an aggressive posture... This violation of airspace is a serious matter. It needs to be seen how deep the helicopter came inside the Indian territory and how long it was in Indian airspace... then only one could make out what could be the aim of this intrusion, is it recce, is it surveillance?” Major General Ashwani Siwach (retired) told NDTV.

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According to NDTV, there are norms recognised by both India and Pakistan according to which helicopters are not supposed to come within one kilometre of the LoC and fixed-wing aircraft can’t hover within 10 km of the LoC. In February too, a Pakistani helicopter was seen flying 300 metres from the LoC, NDTV reported.

First Published: Sunday, September 30, 2018 02:20 PM
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