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India ‘accidentally’ fired missile that entered Pakistan: Defence Ministry

By Priyanka Verma 
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India ‘accidentally’ fired missile that entered Pakistan: Defence Ministry

New Delhi: India on Friday, March 11, said it accidentally fired a missile into Pakistan, calling the incident “deeply regrettable”. The defence ministry said the “accidental firing” happened because of a “technical malfunction”.

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“On 9 March 2022, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The Government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The Government of India has also ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry into the incident, the defence ministry said.

The Defence Ministry added it was a matter of relief that there was no loss of life.

“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 MoD said.

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Violation of Pak’s airspace by ‘Indian-origin projectile’

Pakistan has summoned India’s Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad and conveyed its strong protest over the alleged unprovoked violation of its airspace by an “Indian-origin super-sonic flying object” and sought a thorough and transparent investigation of the incident.

The Indian-origin “super-sonic flying object”, which entered into Pakistan from ‘Suratgarh’ in India at 6:43 PM (local time) on 9 March, fell on the ground near Mian Chunnu city at around 6:50 PM on the same day, causing damage to the civilian property.

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