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Pak accuses Indian plane of violating airspace

The alleged incident happened on Monday off Pakistan's southern coast, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 20:17 IST

Pakistan on Thursday accused Indian aircraft of violating its airspace and two naval vessels of sailing in its territorial waters in the Arabian sea this week, and said it had lodged a protest with New Delhi.

The alleged incident happened on Monday off Pakistan's southern coast, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

An Indian maritime aircraft had made "a number of low altitude passes" over a Pakistan Maritime Security Agency vessel that was patrolling to apprehend and clear Indian fishing boats that were "poaching well inside Pakistan's Exclusive Economic Zone," it said.

The statement said Pakistan had lodged a protest with India through its High Commission, or embassy, in Islamabad.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 20:17 IST