Did Pakistan shoot its own drone and put the blame on India?

Photographs of the drone appeared to show a Chinese-made DJI Phantom 3

New Delhi: Refuting claims by Pakistan that it shot down an ‘Indian spy drone’, India on Thursday came down heavily on its neighbour saying that the drone was in fact a Chinese one, available commercially.

Earlier today, Pakistan summoned India’s envoy and alleged that the drone shot near the Line of Control in Bhimber in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) belonged to India.

Pakistan also accused India of violating two agreements on air space violations.

According to Pakistan, the drone was being used for ‘aerial photography’, a claim that India refuted strongly.

According to experts, the drone resembles Chinese-made DJI Phantom 3 and it looked similar to the quad copters acquired by police of Pakistan's Punjab province for surveillance.

Read: Pakistan shoots down Indian ‘spy’ drone

The Indian forces use advanced Israeli made Searcher and Heron UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

"The photograph of the drone in question indicates that it is not of Indian design, nor of any UAV category held in the inventory of the Indian armed forces. It appears to be of Chinese design, and is commercially available off the shelf," said Foreign Secretary S Jaishanker.

India has also warned Pakistan of "effective and forceful" response to unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism.

( Source : dc with pti inputs )
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