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Hush Post: A Pakistani chopper violated Indian airspace along the Line of Control (LoC) at Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. It turned back after it was “engaged by air sentries”, the Army said.
The chopper, which came 700 metre into the Indian air space, belonged to Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, sources in the Indian Army said.
Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said the helicopter violated the airspace around 12:10 pm on Sunday.
“Air sentries at forward location had engaged it with small arms,” he said. The Army PRO said it was most likely a civilian chopper and was flying very high.
According to news reports, sources from Pakistan said it was a private civilian chopper. PoK Prime Minister Farooq Haider was flying near Taraori village. Haider had gone to condole death of an acquaintance. However, the Pakistani side claimed that there was no airspace violation and the white chopper was flying in Pakistan’s airspace.
As per norms, both sides have to give prior information of each other’s military aircraft movements in the region. Nonetheless, it is not mandatory for the movement of private civilian helicopters.
However, Indian Army officials said a white-colour helicopter crossed into the Indian airspace in Gulpur sector. It hovered over there for sometime before turning back. Three forward posts fired small arms after noticing the airspace violation.