Airspace violation: Indian chopper returns home

The military authorities, however, failed to give reason for letting chopper return without any investigation.


Express/reuters October 23, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Indian chopper, that was forced by Pakistan's military to land for violating Pakistani airspace, has returned to India along with the four Indian army officers on Sunday.

The helicopter intruded into Pakistani territory in Olding sector in northern Skardu region around 1:00 p.m (0800 GMT).

According to the Express 24/7 correspondent Faisal Shakeel, the military authorities have confirmed that the chopper was allowed to return to India.

The authorities, however, failed to give the reason for letting the chopper return without any investigation.

After the violation of the airspace, the Indian authorities were immediately informed about the incident and it was stated that the act would be investigated.

The military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas had told Reuters that "the helicopter had came deep into our airspace. It was forced to land. Four Indian army officers have been taken into safe custody. They are safe."

The two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals have fought three wars since their independence from British rule in 1947.

However, their relations have improved after they resumed a peace process this year which was suspended after co-ordinated attacks by Pakistan-based militants in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, that killed 166 people.

COMMENTS (122)

Dr Priyanka | 9 years ago | Reply

@Someone: You can imagine what the consequences would have been then or have u forgotten the past?

bil clin | 9 years ago | Reply absurd response to silly act...
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