Army shoots down an­other in­dian spy drone along LoC: iSPR

The Miracle - - Pakistan - Source: dawn.com

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”.

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