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Pak Army chopper flies within 300m of LoC in J-K’s Poonch sector

SNS | New Delhi |

A helicopter belonging to Pakistan army came within 300 metres of the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir (J-K) on Wednesday, official sources said.

There was no firing or hostile action by any side during the incident which occurred between 9.45 am and 10 am, said official sources.

According to laid down norms by both the sides, rotary wing aircraft should not come within one kilometre of the LoC and fixed wing aircraft should not be within 10km of it.

The helicopter however didn’t violate airspace, but it was a breach of an understanding between the two sides.

Sources indicated that the matter will be taken up with the Pakistani side.

On 19 February, a heavily-armed militant was killed on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district after the army foiled a major infiltration bid.

Defence Ministry sources said that the major infiltration bid from across the LoC was foiled in Karmarha area of Poonch, when alert troops challenged a group of heavily-armed militants seeking to sneak into Indian territory.

“One terrorist has been killed in this operation against infiltrating terrorists.

“One soldier was injured in Pakistan army shelling which had been initiated to facilitate infiltration,” said a source, adding that intermittent firing exchanges are now going on between Indian and Pakistani positions in the area,” the source said.

(With agency inputs)