India apologizes after accidentally firing missile into Pakistan — Analysis

Islamabad warned New Delhi the incident could lead to “unpleasant consequences”

Indian authorities have issued a statement, blaming Pakistan’s accidental launch of a ballistic missile earlier in the week. “technical malfunction”That was the result. “in the course of routine maintenance.”

“On 9 March 2022, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile … It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident,”The Indian Ministry of Defense issued a statement Friday. Indian government “ordered a high-level court of enquiry”To investigate the incident.

Pakistan had accused India on Thursday of launching an unidentified high-altitude supersonic object into the country’s airspace. The object crashed into the eastern province Mian Channu. Islamabad, upon inspecting the object concluded that it was an Indian supersonic unarmed surface to-surface missile.

Supersonic object enters Pakistan’s airspace

India was asked by Pakistan to follow their lead “be mindful of the unpleasant consequences of such negligence, and to take effective measures to avoid the recurrence of such violations in future.”The Foreign Office did not indicate how it would react if this happened again. The Pakistani Foreign Office summoned India’s chargé d’affaires to demand he provide a full explanation.

Since 1947 when India gained independence from Britain, Pakistan has been an adversary. Pakistan was then divided into two states. Since 1947, the two countries have been at odds. Most recently they engaged in military conflicts in 2019.

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