Pak Shoots Down Indian ‘Spy’ Drone

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army on Wednesday said it had shot down an alleged Indian ‘spy drone’ after it intruded Pakistani territory near Bhimber along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

“The spy drone is used for aerial photography,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a brief statement.

The incident comes just days after ice breaking meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Russia.

In a joint statement issued after the talks, the two countries decided to arrange meetings of senior military officials to lower tensions along the LoC, a de facto border that divides Kashmir between two hostile nuclear neighbours.

It is not clear whether the latest incident will have any impact on the proposed interaction between the two militaries.

However, the picture of the downed drone provided by ISPR showed that it was of a commercial, variety. Industry experts said the small, unarmed model was openly sold for aerial filming and would contain no secret military technology.

A photo supplied by the Pakistani military appeared to show a Chinese-made DJI Phantom 3, said Huw Williams, the Unmanned Systems Editor at IHS Jane’s International Defence Review.

“Due to its limited operating range – about two km – if the Indian military is using the system it would most likely be for close reconnaissance or security work,” Williams said.

Woman Killed, 3 Injured in Border Clash 

JAMMU:  A woman was killed and three others, including a BSF jawan was injured on Wednesday as the Indo-Pak troops traded gunfire in Akhnoor sector here.

A senior BSF officer said that a constable guarding the border outpost was shot at and injured by a sniper of Pakistani Rangers along the International Border in Kanachak sector of Akhnoor tehsil around 08:40 AM on Wednesday.

“The Pakistani Rangers opened heavy gunfire on a vehicle when the colleagues of the injured tried to remove him to the hospital. Our men returned fire effectively,” the officer said.

He said that the trooper identified as Anjali Kumar has been removed to hospital. He said that during the exchange of gunfire, Pakistani Rangers targeted civilian areas of Bhalwal Bharth, Malabela and Siderwan with small fire arms and mortar shells from their Azam, Peer Garana, Melabela- Stop on Siderwan and Malabela BoPs on the other side

The officer said that over two shells landed inside the populated Kanachak village causing death of a woman and injuries to two others.

The deceased woman has been identified as Poli Devi, while the injured have been identified as Ramesh Kumar and Udha Devi.

The border clash comes two days ahead of the Prime Minister Narinder Modi’s visit to the winter capital of the state to attend the centenary celebrations of former state Finance Minister Girdhari Lal Dogra.

The firing comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu on July 17 to attend the centenary celebrations of former state Finance Minister Girdhari Lal Dogra. 

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