Pakistani helicopter violates Indian airspace in J&K

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Srinagar: A Pakistani helicopter violated Indian airspace along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday afternoon.

A Jammu-based defence spokesman Lt. Col. Devendra Anand said the air violation by a Pakistani helicopter was noted at 12:10 pm in Poonch Sector. Preliminary reports suggest the Pakistani military helicopter flew for nearly five minutes within 250 meters of the LoC and flew over Gulpur Sector before returning back.

However, the Army did not disclose further details on how long and how deep did the helicopter managed to fly in the Indian airspace. As per the agreement between India and Pakistan, helicopters are barred coming within one kilometre of the LoC on both the sides.

This comes 12 hours after Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire along the LoC in north Kashmir’s Kupwara.

According to sources, the chopper flew over Gulpur area across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Krishna Ghati sector at 12:13 pm before returning to Pakistani airspace.

Earlier in February this year, a Pakistani military helicopter flew dangerously close to the LoC in Khari Karmara area of Poonch district, where Indian army had faced an attack by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) on January 18.

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