India’s army by accident fired a missile into neighbouring Pakistan, New Delhi’s defence ministry mentioned on Friday, calling it “deeply regrettable”.
Hindu-majority India and Muslim Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from British colonial rule in 1947, two of them over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Their shared border has a heavy army presence on either side, and at occasions tensions have spiralled to the purpose of elevating fears of an atomic change.
On Wednesday, India’s defence ministry mentioned:
In the midst of a routine upkeep, a technical malfunction led to the unintentional firing of a missile.
It didn’t specify the kind of missile, however mentioned it landed “in an space of Pakistan”.
The incident was “deeply regrettable”, it mentioned, including that it was “a matter of aid that there was no lack of life because of the accident”.
The assertion got here hours after Islamabad’s overseas ministry condemned what it referred to as an “unprovoked violation of its airspace by an Indian origin ‘super-sonic flying object'”.
India’s cost d’affaires in Islamabad had been summoned to the overseas workplace for a “robust protest”, it added.
The “imprudent launch” had broken property on the bottom and put in danger civilian lives and plane in Pakistani airspace, it mentioned, accusing India of “callousness in direction of regional peace and stability”.