Pakistan chopper violates airspace in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch: Indian Army

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A Pakistani chopper violated Indian airspace along the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

Indian forces opened fire on the helicopter of Azad Jammu and Kashmir's prime minister on Saturday. Jammu-based Army Public Relations Officer Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said the airspace violation occurred around 12.10 pm, The Times of India reported.

They mistakenly thought the helicopter of Raja Farooq Haider belonged to the Pakistan Army.

They said since the chopper was flying very high, it escaped the small arms fire and made an immediate retreat and flew back to other side of the LoC into the Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK).

In February this year, a Pakistani helicopter was seen flying too close to the LOC.

Defence sources said the chopper was not targeted with anti-aircraft guns.

A video shot on a mobile phone, which went viral on social media, shows a white helicopter flying near a mountain ridge and being fired upon by the troops from the Indian side of the LoC.

The President said that this act displays India's insecurities and has exposed their aggressive posturing and warmongering methods.

According to norms that the two countries adhere to, helicopters are barred from coming within one kilometre of the Line of Control and fixed wing aircraft are not allowed to come within 10 km.

The same report quoted Major General Ashwani Siwach (retd) as saying: "It needs to be seen how deep the helicopter came inside Indian territory and how long it was in Indian airpace..."



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