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India says it accidentally launched a missile into Pakistan

Members of the Pakistan Air Force will rehearse the flag mast at the Mausoleum of Muhammad Alysina on September 6, 2020, before the Defense Memorial Ceremony in Karachi, Pakistan, or the anniversary of Pakistan. (AkhtarSoomro, Reuters)

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Islamabad, New Delhi — India said on Friday that it had accidentally launched a missile into Pakistan this week due to a “technical dysfunction” during regular maintenance, after Pakistan summoned an Indian envoy to protest. Given the version of the event.

Military experts have warned in the past about the risk of accidents and miscalculations by nuclear-armed neighbors. Nuclear-armed neighbors usually fought three wars over the conflict area of ​​Kashmir and were involved in numerous small armed clashes.

Tensions have eased in the last few months, and while this type of incident may have been the first time, questions were immediately raised about the safety mechanism.

“On March 9, 2022, during the course of regular maintenance, technical malfunctions led to accidental launches of missiles,” the Indian Ministry of Defense said in a three-paragraph statement.

“It turns out that the missile has landed in an area of ​​Pakistan. The incident is very disappointing, but the fact that there was no loss of life due to the accident is also a relief.”

The ministry said the government “takes a serious view and orders the High Court to hear.”

Pakistani officials said the missile was unarmed and crashed near the eastern city of Mianchanu, about 310 miles from the capital Islamabad.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned India’s Chargé d’Affaires in Islamabad, stating that the incident could have endangered passenger flight and civilian life, calling it an unjustified breach of territory. I protested.

Pakistan warned India “to be aware of the unpleasant consequences of such negligence and take effective measures to avoid the recurrence of such violations in the future.”

After India’s approval, Pakistan’s national security adviser Moeed Yusuf said it was “very irresponsible” in New Delhi not to immediately notify Islamabad of the inadvertent launch of missiles.

“We also need to investigate the actual situation surrounding the incident to see if it was a careless launch or a more intentional one,” Yusuf said on Twitter.

A spokesperson for the US State Department, who was asked to comment, said: .. “

Ayesha Siddiqa, an expert on military and South Asian affairs, wrote on Twitter: “India and Pakistan should discuss risk mitigation.”

“Both countries are confident in managing nuclear weapons, but what if such an accident happens again with more serious consequences?”

“Mature handling”

A senior security official in Pakistan told Reuters that the incident could have been alert and escalated to a “serious disadvantage”, subject to anonymity.

“The approval that it is a missile was very subtle. What does this say about their safety mechanism and the technological capabilities of very dangerous weapons? The international community needs to look at this very carefully. I have.”

Officials said it was probably a Bramos missile. This is a nuclear-capable land-to-ground missile jointly developed by Russia and India.

According to the US-based Arms Control Association, the missile has a range of 186 to 310 miles and can attack Islamabad from a launch pad in northern India.

The flight path of this object endangered many domestic and international passenger flights in both Indian and Pakistani airspace, as well as human life and property on the ground.

– Pakistan Air Force Official

Pakistani officials wondered if the incident meant that India “placed the missile in a ready-to-launch position and pointed to Pakistan, and that it also lacked the protection of the command and control system.” rice field.

A Pakistani military spokesman said at a press conference Thursday night that a “high-speed flying object” originating from the city of Sirsa in northern India had crashed in eastern Pakistan.

“The flight path of this object has endangered many domestic and international passenger flights in both Indian and Pakistani airspace, as well as human life and property on the ground,” he said.

Pakistani Air Force officials said an object flying at 40,000 feet, three times the speed of sound, flew 77 miles over Pakistan’s territory.

Happy Monjacob, a professor of international research at the University of Javahar Larneroo in New Delhi, said both sides managed the situation well.

“The mature response of the two nuclear-weapon states to the missile incident gives me great hope. New Delhi should offer to pay compensation for the destroyed Park family,” he wrote on Twitter.




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