Pakistan calls for joint investigation into ‘accidental’ rocket fire in India

The handout photo shows what Pakistani security sources say are remnants of a missile launched by India near Mian Channu
People work around what Pakistani security sources say are the remains of a missile fired at Pakistan from India near Mian Channu, Pakistan March 9, 2022. Picture taken March 9, 2022. Pakistani security sources/Handout via REUTERS

March 12, 2022

By Asif Shahzad

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan on Saturday called for a joint probe into a missile it says India accidentally fired at its territory, rejecting New Delhi’s decision to conduct an internal probe into the incident and urging the international community to to play a role.

“Such a serious matter cannot be addressed with the simplified statement made by the Indian authorities,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Pakistan calls for a joint investigation to establish the facts surrounding the incident accurately,” it added.

India said on Friday it accidentally fired the missile at Pakistan this week because of a “technical malfunction” during routine maintenance, giving its version of events after Pakistan warned New Delhi of “unpleasant consequences”.

The international community must play its “due role in promoting stability in a nuclearized environment,” the Pakistan Foreign Ministry statement said, warning of “dark consequences” if a misinterpretation by either side leads to an escalation.

Military experts have warned of the danger in the past

Accidents or miscalculations by nuclear-armed neighbors,

who fought three wars and numerous smaller ones

armed clashes, usually over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Tensions have eased in recent months, and the incident

which was possibly the first of its kind to be raised immediately

Questions about security mechanisms.

Pakistan has requested clarification from India on its security mechanism to prevent accidental missile launches and whether it was properly managed by its armed forces.

According to the US-based Arms Control Association

The range of the rocket is between 300 km (186 mi) and 500 km (310 mi).

miles), making it capable of hitting Islamabad from the north

Indian launch pad.

(Reporting by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Clelia Oziel) Pakistan calls for joint investigation into ‘accidental’ rocket fire in India

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