India admits to accidentally firing a missile into Pakistan terming it ‘technical malfunction’.
As quoted by the Indian Media, the Indian government on Friday has ordered a high-level inquiry into a missile that landed in Mian Channu city of Pakistan’s Punjab province on March 9.
In a statement, the Centre said, “On 9 March 2022, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The Government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry.”
“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,” it added.
A copy of the press release of the Indian Defense Minister is also available via social media.
A day earlier, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar in a press conference briefed that an Indian “high-speed flying object” fell in Mian Channu, Khanewal district on Wednesday night.
“It was a supersonic flying object, most probably a missile, but it was certainly unarmed,” he said.
“From its initial course, the object suddenly manoeuvred towards Pakistani territory and violated Pakistan’s air space, ultimately falling near Mian Channu at 6:50 pm,” DG ISPR said.
“When it fell, it damaged civilian properties,” he stated, adding that no loss of life was reported.