Pakistani chopper violates Indian airspace in J&K’s Poonch: Army


NEW DELHI, September 30: A Pakistani chopper violated on Sunday the Indian airspace along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir but turned back after it was “engaged by air sentries”, the Army said.
Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said the helicopter violated the airspace + around 12:10 pm.
“Air sentries at forward location had engaged it with small arms,” the official said. He said it was most likely a civilian chopper and was flying very high.
Officials said a white helicopter crossed into the Indian airspace in Gulpur sector and hovered over there for sometime before turning back.
Three forward posts fired small arms after noticing the airspace violation, the sources said.
The incident of a Pakistani chopper violating Indian airspace has come a day after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, raised the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.
“The demon of terrorism now stalks the world, at a faster pace somewhere, a slower pace elsewhere, but life-threatening everywhere. In our case, terrorism is bred not in some faraway land, but across our border to the west. Our neighbour’s expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism; it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity,” said Swaraj. (TNN)