The Indian Defense Ministry on Friday admitted it has accidentally fired a missile into Pakistan, calling it deeply regrettable where a high-level inquiry has been ordered in the matter.
“On 9 March 2022, in the course of a routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile,” the defense ministry said in a statement.
The statement added that the government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level “Court of Inquiry.” “It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan.”
Though India called the incident as deeply regrettable, it said that it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident.
The Pakistan army also confirmed that an Indian unarmed supersonic missile landed in its soil that had no civilian casualties, but it did damage some residential property.
Pakistan Army Spokesman, Major General Babar Iftikhar said that “At 6:43 pm, a high-speed flying object was picked up inside the Indian territory by the Air Defense Operation Center of the Pakistan Air Force. From its initial course, the object suddenly maneuvered towards the Pakistani territory and violated Pakistan’s airspace ultimately falling near Mian Channu at 6:50pm.”
“Pakistan Air Force continuously monitored the complete flying path of the object, from its point of origin […] to its point of impact,” Iftikhar told reporters.
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