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


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


06:10, October 02, 2018


Indian paramilitary soldiers guard along the line of control, August 8, 2018. (Photo: VCG )

The leader of Pakistani-administered Kashmir region said on Sunday Indian troops shot at his helicopter near the line of control (LoC), a de facto border between two countries. 

Farooq Haider Khan, the prime minister of the Azad Kashmir region controlled by Pakistan, said his civilian helicopter was fired upon by Indian army from across the border.

"The Indian army fired to show that Pakistan had violated their airspace," Khan's office said in a statement, but added, "when the firing took place, we were within our own airspace."

Indian army spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand, said a Pakistani helicopter violated Indian airspace along the line of control in Poonch district in India's Jammu and Kashmir around noon local time (0630 GMT).

"It could likely to be a civil chopper and was flying very high. The air sentries at forward location had engaged it with small arms," Anand said.

Relations between India and Pakistan appeared to be thawing in recent months, with violence and shelling across the line of control dialed down by both sides.

Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan also offered an olive branch to India upon taking office in mid-August, promising to repair ties.

Khan said his helicopter was not armed in any way and called for calm heads. "We do not want any war hysteria in this region."

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