Could’ve Responded to Indian Missile But Observed Restraint: Pakistan PM Imran Khan


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. — Twitter photo

Not satisfied with India’s “simplistic explanation” on “accidental firing” of a missile that landed in its Punjab province, Pakistan demanded a joint probe to accurately establish the facts surrounding the incident

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NEW DELHI — In the wake of the incident of an Indian missile which landed in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said Pakistan could have responded to India but it observed restraint.

Prime Minister Khan said, “We could have responded after an Indian missile fell in Mian Channu but we observed restraint,” reports PTI.

On March 9, an unarmed Indian supersonic missile entered Pakistani territory and struck a cold storage warehouse near Mian Channu, some 275-km from Lahore. No loss of life was reported.

Imran Khan was addressing a public rally in Punjab’s Hafizabad district on Sunday afternoon in the face of a no-confidence motion moved against him by the joint opposition.

Pakistan Prime Minister also talked about the country’s defence preparedness, saying “we have to make our defence and country strong,” according to the report.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Saturday said it was not satisfied with India’s “simplistic explanation” on the “accidental firing” of a missile that landed in Pakistan’s Punjab province and demanded a joint probe to accurately establish the facts surrounding the incident.

“Pakistan has proposed to New Delhi a joint probe into the incident to establish facts since the missile had landed into Pakistani territory,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) said and asked why India failed to inform Pakistan immediately about the ‘accidental launch’ of the missile and raised questions regarding the Indian safeguards against such happenings.

“Pakistan demands a joint probe to accurately establish the facts surrounding the incident,” the FO said.

India claimed that the missile was ‘fired accidentally’ during a routine maintenance operation because of a technical malfunction and said a ‘high-level court of enquiry’ had been ordered into the incident.

— With inputs from PTI

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