The army on Monday released footage from a small quadcopter it had downed over the Line of Control (LoC) earlier this month, claiming that it presented irrefutable evidence that it was flown by Indian Army for reconnaissance inside Pakistan.
According to a statement and corresponding video released by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), that Indian forces had acquired the drone via a contractor before deploying it at a post close to the LoC.
“Image retrieved from the quadcopter proves that after the purchase of this quadcopter it was taken inside M/S ASCOM office (an Indian communications and electronics firm).”
The army said that India was exhibiting aggressive posturing through enhanced troop movements, extensive reconnaissance, targeting of civilians and increased use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones violating airspace of Pakistan.
The ISPR further claimed that an image taken before a test flight, at the forward base, indicated a company headquarters of the Indian military, adding that initially the drone just flew over the post and surveyed the Indian side of the LoC with Indian flags clearly visible.
“An image taken by quadcopter immediately after flight from a post shows an Indian flag which proves that it started its flight from Indian post.
It was then commanded to fly over the Pakistani side of LoC. “Visuals retrieved (from the drone) indicate that quadcopter flew from Indian post (Indian flag visible). Initially it remained close to LoC, kept surveying throughout facing towards Pakistani side of Loc, then crossed over LoC and pictured a Pakistani post (Pakistani flag marginally visible).”
India violated working boundary 35 times in seven weeks: ISPR
The statement also revealed that India had violated the Working Boundary 35 times in the past seven weeks, the Army said on Monday.
According to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), since June 9 the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) had stepped up its attacks, which had largely targetted citizens on Pakistan side of the Radcliffe Line.
It also said that not only land violation had reported but aerial violation by Indian forces had also carried out when the military shot down an alleged Indian ‘spy drone’ on July 15 which had violated Pakistan’s airspace in Jaurian Sector.
Some of the images and video clips were also released by the ISPR try to prove that Quadcopter started its flight from an Indian post and entered into Pakistani territory.
Further, another pre-flight picture indicates presence of an Indian soldier standing in the vicinity of Quadcopter.
Also, an image, probably taken before test flight of the Quadcopter on its arrival in forward areas, indicates company headquarters of the Indian Sector.
Earlier on July 16, five people were killed and dozens others injured as India’s BSF resorted to unprovoked firing along the Working Boundary near Sialkot.
“Ghulam Mustafa, 45, Rahat and Boota, residents of village Malana and Salehpur villages were killed due to Indian BSF’s unprovoked firing on Working Boundary in Chaprar sector near Sialkot,” the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
“Pakistan Rangers befittingly responded to Indian fire,” the ISPR added.
Further, the army claimed on July 16 to have shot down an Indian ‘spy drone’ in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), in a new sign of the decades-old tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours in the disputed region.