India fired missile in Pakistan
The country’s defense ministry said on Thursday that a missile was accidentally fired from the Indian side towards an area of Pakistan on Thursday, claiming that the incident was caused by a “deeply regrettable technical malfunction”.
“On the 9th of March 2022, during routine maintenance, a technical malfunction resulted in the accidental firing of the missile. “The decision taken by the government of India was serious and it was asked to court to regulate a high-level investigation,” said an official of the Defense Department of India.
“It is reported that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. It is also a pity that there were no human casualties as a result of the accident, while the incident was extremely disastrous,” an official added.
The missile flew more than 100 kilometers in the air, according to Pakistan, at an altitude of 40,000 feet and three times the speed of sound, before landing. The missile does not have a warhead, so it does not explode.
But the country’s foreign ministry said it had summoned the officials in charge of India, to Islamabad, to protest against the unwarranted violation of its airspace. An investigation of the incident is to be done by Pakistan, which it says, could endanger passenger flights and civilian lives.
India is warned by Pakistan “to eventually be aware of the unpleasant consequences of such negligence and take effective measures to prevent such violations from happening”.
A day ago, Pakistani army spokesman Major General, Babar Iftikhar, said in a late evening news conference that a “high-speed flying object” had crashed near the eastern town of Mian Channu and that he was coming from the town of Sirsa, northern Indian state of Haryana, near New Delhi.
The incident baffled military experts because firing a missile system involved a process of preparation, targeting, and flipping some switches.
A professor of international studies, Happymon Jacob at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, commented that both sides had handled the situation well.
“I very much hope that the two nuclear-weapon countries have mastered the missile incident,” he wrote on Twitter. “New Delhi should offer compensation for Pak’s house, that was destroyed.”
“In view of the incident, India-Pak should talk about risk reduction,” wrote Ayesha Siddiqa, an expert on military and South Asian affairs.