New Delhi, June 08: Amid continuing Indo-Pak military stand off, India today said that it has lost an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over Pakistani territory even as Islamabad claimed that it had shot down the drone near Lahore while it was on a spying mission.
Hours after Pakistan said that its fighter jets had shot down an Indian spy plane at 10:30 pm last night, the defence ministry here issued a statement saying that the UAV, which was on a routine flight near the Indo-Pak border, lost contact with the ground control around 11 pm.
It is believed to have fallen down within 20 kms south-south west of Lahore, The statement said, adding, “In the current state of deployment of the armed forces, the use of UAVs by either side is a routine feature.”
The Pakistan defence ministry in a statement in Islamabad said that the Indian aerial vehicle was on a reconnaisance and spying mission when it violated the Pakistan air space close to Lahore.
Pakistani Air Force jets shot down the `drone` at 11:30 pm last night, it said.
The incident occurred a few hours after US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said that the tensions between India and Pakistan were a bit down.
Pakistan foreign minister Abdul Sattar said that penetration of the Indian plane into our airspace can only enhance the dangers existing in the presence of forces on both sides of the Line of Control.
Sattar said, “In a situation like this, responsible states must exercise utmost care to ensure that no provocations are made which might lead to escalation.”