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India accidentally launched unarmed missile into Pakistan

On March 9, India unintentionally fired a missile into Pakistan, according to the Indian Defense Ministry.

The news: According to the Defense Ministry, the government has authorized a “high-level Court of Enquiry” to investigate the occurrence, implying that the cause is thought to be a technical fault during routine maintenance.

  • The Defense Ministry released a three-paragraph statement which read, “A technical breakdown led to the inadvertent discharge of a missile on March 9, 2022, during routine maintenance. It has been learned that the missile fell in Pakistan.”
  • It went on further, “While the occurrence is terribly regretful, it is also a source of relief that no one was killed as a result of it.”

What happened: On March 10, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman said on Facebook that Islamabad had invited India’s top diplomat to Islamabad to register Pakistan’s “strong protest over the unprovoked violation of its airspace.”

  • On March 9, at 18:43 local time, a “supersonic flying object” from India entered Pakistani territory, according to Pakistani officials. They said the missile was unarmed and had crashed in Mian Channu in the country’s east, around 500 kilometres (310 miles) from Islamabad.
  • According to authorities, the incident not only caused damage to civilian property but also resulted in human deaths on the ground. 
  • It urged India to be “aware of the unfavorable implications” of such indifference.

What are they saying: “The acknowledgement that it was a missile was quite casual,” a senior Pakistani security official said, adding that the missile was most likely the BrahMos, a nuclear-capable land-attack cruise missile built jointly by Russia and India.

  • “What does this say about their safety features and technical prowess when it comes to really hazardous weapons? This is something that the world community should pay serious attention to,” added the official.

What’s important: Both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons, and military experts have repeatedly warned of the dangers of nuclear miscalculation or accidents.

  • In 2019, the two countries came dangerously close to a full-fledged war as both conducted airstrikes across the Line of Control, India’s de facto border.
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