Pakistan army shoots down its own drone in new ploy against India

16 July 2015

The Pakistan army on Wednesday shot down one of its own Chinese-made drones along the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, blaming India for violating its air space, in yet another ploy to deflect attention from India's demand for action against the perpetrators of the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai.

The drone that shot down by Pakistani forces was a DJI Phantom-3 drone, a `Made in China` device, while Indian security agencies do not buy equipment from China.

The alleged spy drone was shot down by Pakistani forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday after it intruded into its airspace, allege Pakistani reports.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a brief statement, said the ''Indian drone'' was brought down near the Line of Control in Bhimber area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

A report in Pakistan's Dawn newspaper quoting Pakistani military said an ''Indian drone'' on a spying mission was brought down for "violation of Pakistan's territorial integrity".

An Indian Army spokesperson said, "No drone or UAV crash of the Indian Army has taken place."

The incident follows a cease-fire violations by Pakistani rangers who shot and killed an India  woman and wounded two BSF troopers, yet another attempt to deflect attention from its tactic support to 26 / 11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

Pakistan has triggered a fresh controversy by claiming to have shot down an Indian drone that was on a ''spying mission'' in order to bury the peace moves made in Ufa, Russia, during the SCO summit.

India has denied ownership of the drone, and the fact that the alleged drone shot down by Pakistani troops was a Chinese-made one speaks for itself.

Also, the Phantom drone can be bought off the shelf by anyone, including civilians and is of no use for the military.

Also, media reports claimed that such drones are used by the Pakistan Police to monitor traffic, thereby opening up the possibility of the Pakistan Army having shot down one of its own drones.

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