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Pakistan Army claims it shot down Indian drone along LoC

An Indian drone that intruded into Pakistan was shot down on Saturday, the Pakistani Army said, a day after Islamabad claimed it had “pushed” an Indian submarine away.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2016 00:01 IST
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Flags of India and Pakistan seen during a festival in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

An unmanned Indian drone that intruded into Pakistan was shot down on Saturday, the Pakistan Army claimed on Saturday, a day after Islamabad said it had thwarted an Indian submarine.

The Indian quad copter was shot down in Rakh Chakri sector of the Line of Control, the de-facto border between the two countries, the Pakistan Army said.

The drone intruded 60 meters into the Pakistani side and crashed near the Aagahi post around 4:45pm, army spokesperson Gen Asim Bajwa posted on Twitter.

Last year, Pakistan said it had shot down an “Indian spying device” along the heavily guarded LoC, though New Delhi denied the claim.

Saturday’s incident came a day after Pakistan’s navy said it had “pushed” an Indian submarine away from Pakistani waters, as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals continue to smoulder over unrest in the disputed Kashmir region.

Ties between New Delhi and Islamabad have hit a new low in the aftermath of an attack on an Indian Army base in northern Kashmir’s Uri that killed 19 soldiers in September. New Delhi blamed the brazen assault on Pakistan-based militants, a charge Islamabad promptly denied.

The Indian Army also said it carried out surgical strikes on militant bases across the LoC in response to the Uri attack. Since then, repeated ceasefire violations at the border and civilian deaths on both sides have added to the tension.

Pakistani officials said on Saturday that three children were killed and three others wounded when mortar shells fired by Indian forces hit a village along the LoC.

The Pakistani military also said Pakistan and Indian border troops exchanged fire across the LoC in two other sectors.