Chief of Pakistani Kashmir region says Indian army shot at his helicopter

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Khan said his helicopter was not armed. Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said the helicopter violated the airspace around 12:10 pm.

The prime minister was travelling with two ministers and his personal staff officer in the helicopter that narrowly escaped the attack near Abbaspur village.

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Sept 30 (ANI): Pakistan claims that the chopper, which violated the Indian airspace on Sunday, had the Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Raja Farooq Haider Khan on board.

Officials said a white helicopter crossed into the Indian airspace in Gulpur sector and hovered over there for sometime before turning back. The white-coloured chopper came 700 meters inside the Indian Territory and was immediately retaliated by troops with small arms fire.

The leader of Pakistani-administered Kashmir region said on Sunday Indian troops shot at his helicopter near the disputed frontier, a move likely to further fray ties between the two countries.

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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. Air sentries at forward locations had engaged it with small arms, a move meant to warn the pilot about the intrusion and force the chopper to turn back.

A video of the same was also released and widely circulated on social media platforms.

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

India has accused Pakistan of continuing to assist militants waging an insurgency in the Indian-controlled side of Kashmir, something which Pakistan denies, and planned talks between high-ranking officials at the United Nations meeting in NY this month were canceled.

"World's dreaded terrorists are called freedom fighters in Pakistan".

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He also warned India of a matching response if New Delhi tried to cross the LoC or acted upon its so-called doctrine of limited war against Pakistan.

Reports said the chopper carrying the PoK "Prime Minister" later landed at Kahuta in PoK.

"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.

While replying to a question, the AJK premier said that he would formally take up the matter with the government of Pakistan to pursue the issue and take appropriate action. It was also against the diplomatic norms, he added.

"We will fight shoulder to shoulder with the fearless armed forces of Pakistan if India attempted to launch any aggression from across the worldwide border or the LoC", he vowed.

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