Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday denied that Islamabad had denied the Indian defense minister’s claim that the missile was fired by mistake..
Qureshi told reporters that the Indian report was “incomplete” and that he had written to the Security Council about the incident and asked the international community to discuss it..
On Tuesday, the Indian defense minister announced a new decision to “review procedures for operating, maintaining and testing weapons systems” in the wake of the accidental missile launch in Pakistan last week..
“The safety and security of our armed forces is our top priority. If any malfunction is found, it will be rectified immediately,” Minister Rakinath Singh told parliament..
He added that during routine maintenance and inspection work, India mistakenly fired a missile that landed in Pakistan at 7:00 pm last Wednesday night..
While we regret this incident, we are relieved that no one was injured, ”he said.
The Indian Defense Ministry on Friday said it was “deeply saddened” that the Indian Army had “accidentally” fired a missile at Pakistan.
“As part of routine maintenance, the missile was accidentally fired due to a technical glitch,” it said in a statement, confirming the investigation had begun..
He did not specify the type of missile but said it fell “in the area of Pakistan”.
The statement came hours after Pakistan’s foreign ministry condemned “an unidentified (supersonic flying object) emanating from India that unjustly violated its airspace”.
Since independence from British colonial rule in 1947, Hindu-majority India and Muslim Pakistan have been involved in three wars, two for the disputed part of Kashmir..
And they share a border where large military reinforcements are stationed on both sides, and at times, tensions escalated to the point of raising fears of the use of nuclear weapons..
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