A Pakistani helicopter crossed 700 metres into Indian air space along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector on Sunday afternoon. It flew over Krishna Ghati sector before returning. The Indian Army had targeted the helicopter with small firearms, a move intended to warn the pilot about the intrusion and force the chopper to turn back. The chopper wasn’t hit. According to reports, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s prime minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan was travelling in this chopper that breached Indian airspace.
Mr Khan’s presence in the aircraft was initially reported by the Pakistani media. Khan claimed his helicopter was not armed in any way and called for calm heads. “We do not want any war hysteria in this region,” he said. Defence sources said the chopper flew over Gulpur area across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Krishna Ghati sector at 12:13 pm before returning to Pakistani airspace. The incident comes at a time when relations between the two neighbours are at a low.