The Missile Fired into Pakistan was a 'Technical Fault,' says India

Abhi Thakur

A missile, which was fired into Pakistan earlier this week from the Indian side, was due to a 'technical fault', the Defense Ministry of India said on Thursday.

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Flag of Pakistan(Photo by ORF)

"On 9 March 2022, in the course of a routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile," the Indian Ministry of Defense said in a three-paragraph statement.

"It is learned that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident."

Officials in Pakistan claimed the missile was unarmed and landed near Mian Channu in the country's east, roughly 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.

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The remains of a missile that hit near Mian Channu, Pakistan(Photo by CNN)

Pakistan's foreign ministry summoned India's charge d'affaires in Islamabad to express its displeasure over what it described as an unjustified breach of its airspace, claiming that the event might have jeopardized passenger planes and civilian lives.

Major-General Babar Iftikhar, a Pakistani military spokesman, stated in a late-evening press conference that a "high-speed flying object" fell near Mian Channu in the country's east and that it originated in the northern Indian city of Sirsa, in Haryana state near New Delhi.

Pakistan warned India "to be mindful of the unpleasant consequences of such negligence and take effective measures to avoid the recurrence of such violations in future".

Military specialists are baffled by the occurrence, since firing a missile system necessitates a preparatory phase, the identification of a target, and the toggling of many switches.

Both sides handled the issue admirably, according to Happymon Jacob, an international studies professor at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.

"It gives me great hope that the 2 nuclear weapon states dealt with the missile incident in a mature manner," he wrote on Twitter. "New Delhi should offer to pay compensation for the Pak house that was destroyed."

Military experts have previously warned of the dangers of mishaps or miscalculations on the part of the nuclear-armed neighbors, who have fought three wars and a slew of smaller armed conflicts, most notably over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Tensions have subsided in recent months, but the occurrence, which may be the first of its sort, aroused immediate concerns about safety systems.

Source: The Reuters

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