Pakistan cooked up drone story after Indian demarche over killing in Kashmir

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015,18:10 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Ministry of External Affairs has termed the Pakistan allegation of India sending spy drone into its air space as a ”cooked up story” to divert attention from Wednesday’s  firing by its troops in Kashmir which left a woman dead and four others injured, sources said here today.
They said Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan had called the concerned Pakistan Foreign Ministry official in Islamabad and  served a demarche on him over the killing in Kashmir.
”It is in retaliation of the India High Commissioner’s action that they called him last evening and lodged a protest over the so-called Indian spy drone violating their air space,” they said.
The Indian Army had already dismissed Pakistan’s allegations that the drone said to have been shot down along the Line of Control in PoK was sent by it.
The sources said that the MEA has taken up the matter with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit here. It has protested to him over the baseless allegations.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan High Commissioner in a statement here today said the Indian High Commissioner was called in the Foreign Office in Islamabad by the Foreign Secretary to lodge strong protest over ”air space violation at Banchirian Sector (near Bhimber) yesterday when an Indian UAV (Spy Drone) entered Pakistans air space in violation of the International Law.”
The statement accused India of ceasefire violation in which it said one of its civilian was killed and three others injured.
The allegations and counter allegations came within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif deciding at their Ufa meeting to make a new beginning in resuming the stalled peace process.
They had come out with a joint statement in which they decided that their DGBSF and Pakistan Rangers and DGMOs of the countries would meet soon to ensure that peace was maintained along the line of Control.