Pakistan's army says it shot down Indian drone in Kashmir

Pakistan’s military said its troops shot down a small Indian spy drone after it violated the country’s airspace in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on 9th April, 2020. (Photo Courtesy: ISPR)
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Updated 09 April 2020

Pakistan's army says it shot down Indian drone in Kashmir

  • Military's media wing says troops downed the drone after it intruded 600 meters inside Pakistani territory
  • Pakistan army has been on high alert in Kashmir since an Indian airstrike on its soil last February

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military said Thursday its troops shot down a small Indian spy drone after it violated the country’s airspace in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
In a statement, it said Pakistani troops downed the drone when it “intruded 600 meters inside Pakistan’s territory” for surveillance along the Line of Control that divides the Pakistani- and Indian-controlled portions of Kashmir.
The military released a picture of what it said was the downed drone.
There was no immediate comment from India on Thursday.
Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India, both of which claim the territory in its entirety. They have fought two wars over it since their independence from British rule in 1947.
The military has been on high alert since last February, when India launched an airstrike inside Pakistan, saying it targeted Pakistan-based militants responsible for a suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian troops in Indian-administered portion of Kashmir.
Pakistan at the time retaliated and said it shot down two Indian jets. One Indian pilot was captured and later released.


Pakistan’s virus deaths cross 2,000 mark

Updated 07 June 2020

Pakistan’s virus deaths cross 2,000 mark

  • Country is also pushing toward 100,000 confirmed infections
  • Medical professionals have pleaded for more controls and greater enforcement of social distancing directives

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan passed another grim milestone as the number of deaths from COVID-19 crossed the 2,000 mark on Sunday.
Pakistan is also pushing toward 100,000 confirmed infections as Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the country’s 220 million people in televised speeches that they are going to have to learn to live with the virus.
He said the country is too poor to go into a full lockdown, which he warned would devastate a failing economy, already dependent on billions of dollars in loans from international lending institutions.
Pakistan’s medical professionals have pleaded for more controls and greater enforcement of social distancing directives. They’re infuriated that Khan’s government bowed to the radical religious right to keep open mosques, which have been one of the leading causes of the spikes in infections.
To try to stem the spread of the virus, the government has ordered markets closed on weekends and inspections have been stepped up in some areas where clusters have emerged, quarantining entire neighborhoods.
Pakistan has some 3,000 ICU beds, and while the demands are increasing, nearly 25% are still available.