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Indian Ministry of Defence says missile was fired into Pakistan accidentally

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A missile was fired from India into Pakistan recently. The Indian Ministry of Defence says a technical malfunction caused this to happen accidentally.

The Defence Ministry claimed on Thursday that a missile was fired mistakenly from the Indian side into a Pakistani region earlier this week, blaming the event on a “technical glitch” that was “very unfortunate.”

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence, “A missile was discharged accidentally by a technical breakdown during routine maintenance on March 9, this year. The government of India has taken a serious stance and established a high-level Court of Enquiry.”

According to reports, the missile landed in Pakistan. While the tragedy is terribly unfortunate, it is also a source of satisfaction that no lives were lost as a result of the mishap.”

According to Pakistan, the missile went more than 100 km inside their territory, at a height of 40,000 feet and at three times the speed of sound, before it landed. The missile did not detonate because it lacked a warhead. The country’s foreign office, on the other hand, claimed it had summoned India’s charge d’affaires in Islamabad to protest what it called an unjustified breach of its airspace. Pakistan demanded a probe into the event, which it claimed threatened passenger aircraft and civilian lives.

Pakistan warned India to be careful of the unfavourable impact of such irresponsibility and take effective steps so that similar incidents do not occur again in the future. A day earlier, Pakistani military spokesman Major-General Babar Iftikhar stated in a late-evening news conference that a “high-speed flying object” fell in the eastern city of Mian Channu and originated in the northern Indian city of Sirsa, in Haryana state near New Delhi.

Military specialists are perplexed by the incident because firing a missile system requires preparation, identification of a target, and the activation of many switches. According to Happymon Jacob, an international studies professor at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, both sides handled the situation admirably.

“Given the situation… India and Pakistan should be discussing about risk minimization,” a military affairs and South Asian affairs expert,  Ayesha Siddiqa, commented.

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