New Delhi (AP) – According to the government, India accidentally fired a missile at Pakistan. The reason was a technical failure during routine maintenance work, the Defense Ministry in New Delhi said.
The incident is therefore deeply regrettable, but it is also a relief that there were no fatalities in Wednesday’s crash. The Indian government has ordered an investigation.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry Criticism
India and Pakistan are nuclear powers and neighboring countries. Their relationship is very tense. Both were previously part of the British colonial empire; with independence in 1947, it was divided into the two countries. They have ongoing disputes over control of the Himalayan region of Kashmir on their border. They have also waged several wars against each other.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday spoke of an unprovoked violation of Pakistani airspace “with a supersonic flying object of Indian origin” and summoned India’s chargé d’affaires to Islamabad. The flying supersonic object destroyed civilian property and endangered aircraft in Pakistani airspace, which could have led to a terrible accident, the ministry criticized.