ISLAMABAD: The Indian forces opened fire on the helicopter of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider while it was flying atop Pakistan’s airspace near the Line of Control yesterday.
The AJK prime minister was reportedly travelling to offer condolences to an acquaintance when his helicopter was fired upon near Turwari.
According to the regulations traditionally followed by both the countries, it is necessary for the forces to inform each other beforehand about the mobility of military aircraft. The exercise is not mandatory for the movement of civil helicopters.
The Indian forces opened fire, ostensibly, considered the civil helicopter as military aircraft. The helicopter was immediately landed and luckily no humanitarian loss occurred due to the irresponsible action.
PM AJK Raja Farooq Haider, in reaction to the incident, said that the Indian forces are incompetent and coward to fire on a civil helicopter. “The Indian forces made the excuse that the helicopter crossed LOC,” he said.