CHANTILLY, VA, US: This is with reference to the incident this past week of an Indian helicopter apparently ‘straying’, as the Indians claimed, into Pakistan airspace along the Line of Control, after which it was made to land at Skardu.
I would imagine that the helicopter would have a GPS (global positioning system) on board — even cars today have them. I would also imagine the GPS’s moving map has a very clear definition of where the border is and what the restricted areas are. If the helicopter pilot deviated from the set flight path because of bad weather and strayed into Pakistani airspace he must have known of it. I would ask the Pakistani authorities why were the Indian military officers and crew allowed to leave for India so quickly, and without a proper investigation.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2011.
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