Source: NwoReport

NEW DELHI, India: Citing a “technical malfunction” during routine maintenance, India accidentally fired a missile into Pakistan last week.

“On 9 March 2022, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile,” the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a three-paragraph statement.

“It is learned 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 ministry said the government had “taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of inquiry.”

Pakistani officials said the missile was unarmed and had crashed near the country’s eastern city of Mian Channu, about 310 miles from its capital Islamabad.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office summoned India’s charge d’affaires in Islamabad to lodge a protest over what it called an unprovoked violation of its airspace, saying the incident could have endangered passenger flights and civilian lives.

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Pakistan warned India “to be mindful of the unpleasant consequences of such negligence and take effective measures to avoid the recurrence of such violations in future.”

After India’s admission, Pakistan’s National Security adviser, Moeed Yusuf, said it was “highly irresponsible” of New Delhi not to inform Islamabad immediately of the inadvertent launch of a missile.

One senior Pakistani security official said that the incident could have escalated into a “critical untoward situation”.

“The admission that it was a missile was very nonchalant,” he said. “What does this say about their safety mechanisms and the technical prowess of very dangerous weapons? The international community needs to have a very close look at this,” the official added.

Pakistani officials said the Indian weapon was possibly a BrahMos missile a nuclear-capable, land-attack cruise missile, jointly developed by Russia and India.