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Pakistan seeks joint investigation over ‘accidental’ missile firing from India

Questions sent to New Delhi after it says a 'technical malfunction' led to the incident

04:29 PM | 12 Mar, 2022
Pakistan seeks joint investigation over ‘accidental’ missile firing from India

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan demands a joint investigation to accurately establish the facts surrounding the incident a day after the Indian ministry of defence said it accidentally fired a missile.

The Foreign Office on Saturday issued a detailed statement that include a list of questions for New Delhi to answer in light of Indian admission of firing a supersonic missile into Pakistan.

MoFA spokesperson said such an incident had raised several fundamental questions about security protocols and technical safeguards against the accidental or unauthorized launch of missiles in a nuclearised environment.

The statement added that such a serious matter cannot be addressed with the basic statements and it pointed even questions that need to be answered.

  • India must explain the measures and procedures in place to prevent accidental missile launches and the particular circumstances of this incident.
  •  India needs to clearly explain the type and specifications of the missile that fell in Pakistani territory.
  • India also needs to explain the flight path/ trajectory of the accidentally launched missile and how it ultimately turned and entered Pakistan?
  • Was the missile equipped with self-destruct mechanism? Why did it fail to actualise?
  • Are Indian missiles kept primed for launch even under routine maintenance?
  • Why did India fail to immediately inform Pakistan about the accidental launch of the missile and waited to acknowledge it till after Pakistan announced the incident and sought clarification?
  • Given the profound level of incompetence, India needs to explain if the missile was indeed handled by its armed forces or some rogue elements?

On Wednesday, a supersonic missile entered Pakistan airspace at 1843 hours near Mian Channu at 1850 causing damage to civilian property. Islamabad was able to detect the missile soon after it was launched in Sirsa in India, 104km from the Pakistan border.

Pakistan military spokesperson Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar also held a presser briefing that an Indian high-speed flying object had fallen in Mian Channu, Khanewal district.

Meanwhile, National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf raised questions at New Delhi’s ability to handle sensitive technology, urging the world to consider whether India was able to ensure the safety and security of its weapon systems.

He mentioned that it had taken more than two days for Indian officials to accept that this was their missile launched ostensibly due to a technical malfunction during maintenance.

This raises serious questions about India’s ability to handle such sensitive technology, he added, saying that the missile had travelled close to the path of international and domestic airlines and threatened the safety of civilians.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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