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Reason Why Pakistani Chopper Was Not Shot-Down by India in J&K?



A white coloured Pakistani chopper crossed the Line of Control and entered the Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district around 12.10 in the afternoon on Sunday.  As per the Indian Media, several rounds were fired at the intruding Pakistani chopper by the Indian Army without any damage. But netizens have been wondering why the chopper was not shot-down?

Defence sources said that the helicopter crossed the LoC towards Indian side in the Gulpur sector to Dhallan sector. The chopper then turned back after it was “engaged by air sentries” as per the Indian Army.

Spokesman Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that the Pakistani chopper, flying very high, committed the violation at 12.10 pm. “Indian troops fired at the helicopter with small arms,” he said. The helicopter withdrew into Pakistani territory after five minutes, the spokesman added.

Who was in the Chopper?

A Pakistani helicopter, allegedly carrying Pakistan-occupied Kashmir leader Raja Farooq Haider Khan, crossed the Line of Control and entered the Indian airspace in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. A report in Pakistan news channel Aaj News said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader who claims to be the ‘Prime Minister of PoK’ was flying close to the area on Saturday when his chopper entered the Indian airspace.

Why was Chopper not Shot-Down?

According to defence experts that EurAsian Times talked to, there could have been various reasons why the intruding helicopter was not shot-down. India was either caught off-guard or the chopper had not actually intruded into the Indian airspace and was flying in the un-demarcated zone. Shooting down the chopper would have done irreparable damage to India-Pakistan relations and thus only warning shots were fired.

Secondly, it did not look like a military chopper of the Pakistan army. Had the Indian forces shot-down the intruding helicopter carrying Kashmir leader Raja Farooq Haider Khan, India would have faced a global embarrassment of shooting down a civilian helicopter.

Just a day before, on Saturday, at the UN General assembly, Union Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “After the formation of new government in Pakistan, PM, Imran Khan wrote a letter to the Indian PM, expressing his willingness to organise a meeting of foreign ministers of both the nations in New York. We initially accepted their proposal, but just after few hours, three policemen from the Kashmir valley were kidnapped and killed.

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