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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to brief Parliament today on missile misfire into Pakistan

Photo : PTINew Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday on the “inadvertent” firing of a missile into Pakistan earlier this month.On Friday, the Indian government said it accidentally fired a missile that landed in Pakistan on March 9 and that the “deeply regrettable” incident was caused by a technical malfunction in the course of its routine maintenance.India’s defence ministry said that the government has taken a serious view of the incident and ordered a ‘Court of Enquiry’ into it, a day after Pakistan said a high-speed projectile launched from India entered its airspace.”On 9 March 2022, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The Government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry,” the ministry said in a statement. “It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident,” it said. However, Pakistan said that the Indian projectile that had entered the Pakistani airspace caused some damage to surrounding areas after it fell near Mian Channu in Khanewal district of the Punjab province. “Besides, the flight path of the flying object endangered several domestic/international flights within Pakistani airspace and could have resulted in a serious aviation accident as well as civilian casualties,” it claimed.Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said such a “serious matter” could not be addressed with a “simplistic explanation” offered by India and once again called for a joint probe.Meanwhile, the United States said there is no indication that the missile firing incident was anything other than accidental.”We have no indication as you also heard from our Indian partners that this incident was anything other than an accident,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Monday, PTI reported.”We refer you of course to the Indian Ministry of Defense for any follow up. They issued a statement on March 9th to explain precisely what had happened. We don’t have a comment beyond that,” Price said.

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