Pak chopper flies close to LoC in Poonch

Army Says No Air Space Violation

Yogesh Sagotra
Jammu, Publish Date: Feb 22 2018 12:35AM | Updated Date: Feb 22 2018 12:35AM
Pak chopper flies close to LoC in Poonch

A Pakistani helicopter on Wednesday came within 300 metres of the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch before returning but army sources said there was no violation of India’s air space.

As per reliable sources a Pakistani chopper hovered in sky for at least 15 minutes in the Khari Karmara area of LoC, where a few days back Indian troops foiled a Pakistani BAT attack in which a militant was also killed.

“A Pakistani chopper hovered in sky near LoC at 9.45 a.m at Gulpur sector in the general area of Poonch, and returned after a few minutes,” an army officer said.

“The chopper went back soon after. There was no firing or hostile action from any side,” the army officer said.

Indian and Pakistani forces have been engaged in face off against each other on the Line of Control, where intense firing is going from last one year resulting casualties on both sides of border.

However, army said that there was no air space violation by Pakistan.

“The Pakistani chopper was seen flying close to the LoC but it did not cross over to this side and no air space violation was reported,” Jammu based Army spokesperson claimed.

He said, “Our troops were on alert and had reported that the chopper was seen moving close to the fence but on their side only.”

According to norms laid down by both sides, rotary wing aircraft cannot come within a kilometre of the LoC, while fixed wing aircraft cannot come within 10 kilometers.

 

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