The current India -Pakistan row comes just a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif met in Ufa on the sidelines of SCO Summit and agreed on a number of steps to re-engage including early meetings of BSF Director General and his counterpart from Pakistan Rangers followed by that of DGMOs and a dialogue between NSAs of the two countries.
Repeated ceasefire violation along LoC in Akhnoor and RS Pura sector claimed life of a woman and left four including a BSF jawan injured. Meanwhile reports of shooting down of a drone allegedly Indian has created fresh storm of tensions between the two neighbours.
Here are some says from both the countries
- Pakistan army on Wednesday claimed to have shot down an Indian "spy" drone which it alleged was being used for aerial photography near the Line of Control.
- The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a brief statement, said the Indian drone was brought down near the Line of Control in Bhimber area of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
- Indian high commissioner summoned: Pakistan Foreign Office summoned Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan and lodged strong protest over "air space violation" by an alleged Indian "spy" drone near the Line of Control and "ceasefire violation".
- The Indian Army as well as the Indian Air Force, however, denied that any of their drones has been shot down or crashed.
- No drone or UAV crash of the Indian Army has taken place.
- According to media reports, the pictured drone is a Chinese made DJI Phantom 3.
- India does not buy drone from China.
- Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire twice on Wednesday, indulging in firing and mortar shelling in the Akhnoor sector. They targeted civilian areas with small-arms fire and shelling at Bhalwal Bharth, Malabela and Siderwan.
- India lodged protest with Pakistan both in New Delhi and in Islamabad, and conveyed its concerns regarding ceasefire violations.
- The violation came two days ahead of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu on July 17.
- According to media reports, Indian Intelligence Bureau officials claimed that this drone in fact belonged to the Pakistan police.
- Indian agencies say that this is a drone that belonged to the Punjab (Pakistan) police. They were using it for highway patrol and a lack of communication led to the shooting down of the drone.
Pakistan's government is caught between the devil and the deep sea. On one hand Pakistan's Prime Minister has been attempting to strike peace with India. However the army is not prepared to tow this line.