A Pakistani chopper violated the Indian airspace along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday but turned back after it was “engaged by air sentries”, the Army said.
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,” he 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.
AFP reported the prime minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir saying that his helicopter came under Indian fire while flying close to the LoC but he escaped unhurt. The incident happened in Havaily district in Poonch sector while Raja Farooq Haider was on his way to a nearby village to give condolences to the family of a local politician who had died. “My helicopter had not even committed any violation and was flying well within our side of the LoC when Indian troops opened fire,” Haider said.
Raja Arshad, a senior local administration official in Havaily, confirmed the incident and said Haider was unhurt and there was no damage to the helicopter.