Chopper carrying PoK 'PM' violates Indian airspace


A Pakistani Twitter user, Raja Shahzad, confirmed the development by claiming that the PoK leader's helicopter near the Line of Control (LoC) was sacked at by the Indian Army.

PM AJK Raja Farooq Haider, in reaction to the incident, said that the Indian forces are incompetent and coward to fire on a civil helicopter. They both openly advocate religious superiority of the Hindus, said the Pakistani diplomat.

A civilian chopper of Pakistan carrying self-styled Prime Minister of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Raja Farooq Haider violated air space and intruded into the Indian territory in forward area of Gulpur along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district this afternoon and was immediately engaged with small arms firing by three forward posts but it managed to return as it was flying high.

Khan, the Kashmir leader, said his helicopter was not armed in any way, and called for calm heads.

Shortly after assuming power in August, Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan offered an olive branch to India by inviting for talks, which have remained suspended for almost three years.

Though the colour and the shape of the copter made its civilian nature easily discernible but Indian soldiers probably mistook it for a military craft and sprang into action, that too while it was flying in Pakistani airspace.

PM Haider said that he was not going with gunship helicopters and a civilian helicopter can even go to Zero line.

Army spokesman Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that the violation took place at about 12.10 pm.

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Officials said a white helicopter crossed into the Indian airspace in Gulpur sector and hovered over there for sometime before turning back.

"The Indian army fired to show that Pakistan had violated their airspace".

The incident comes at a time when relations between the two neighbours are at a low.

The incident of the Pakistani chopper violating Indian airspace has come a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly in NY, raised the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

New Delhi has long accused Islamabad of supporting rebel groups in Kashmir, who either want independence or a merger with Pakistan. India had also exercised "right to reply" after the address of Pakistan foreign minister.

Just an hour before the chopper incident on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his monthly radio programme, issued a warning to Pakistan.

"We believe in peace and are determined to encourage it but it can not be done at the cost of country's pride and sovereignty", Modi said, whose government has recently rejected Pakistan's offer for peace talks.