Army shoots down another indian spy drone along LoC: iSPR
MUZAFFARABAD: The Pakistan Army shot down an Indian ‘spy drone’ along the restive Line of Control on Tuesday, a day after India’s ruthless shelling from across the LoC left a woman dead and nine others injured in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “Pakistan Army troops shot down Indian Spy Quadcopter in Bagh sector along [the] Line of Control,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor announced in a tweet at 9.56pm. The tweet included picture of the spy drone, but the ISPR chief did not give any more details, at least immediately, as to how deep the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had intruded into Pakistani airspace. However, in the same tweet, he said: “Not even a quadcopter will be allowed to cross [the] LoC, In Shaa Allah.” It was a clear reference to the claim made by the Indian government more than two years ago that their army commandos had carried out surgical strikes in AJK, on Sept 28, 2016, days after an attack on an army base in Uri in held Kashmir had left 20 Indian soldiers dead. Not only that Pakistan had rejected the claim outright as a figment of imagination, the release of the so-called surgical strike videos had also triggered scathing attacks from the Indian opposition parties, alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party government was using it for political gains. The very claim was recapitulated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an exclusive interview to ANI news agency on Tuesday, which was carried by all Indian media outlets. Interestingly, only last week Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad had warned that the Modi government could carry out a surgical strike inside Pakistan in 2019 “to distract people and get political gains ahead of the general elections in India”.