Pakistan downs Indian spy quadcopter

The drone is tenth shot down by Pakistani troops this year

08:54 PM | 26 Jul, 2020
Pakistan downs Indian spy quadcopter

RAWALPINDI – The Pakistani army announced Sunday that it has shot down another Indian spy quadcopter along the disputed Kashmir border, where the two countries’ forces have long been engaged in nearly daily firing.

"Pakistan Army troops shot down an Indian spying quadcopter in Pandu Sector along LOC," the military said in a statement, referring to the Line of Control, a de facto border that splits the picturesque Himalayan valley between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

“The quadcopter had intruded 200 meters on Pakistan’s side of the LOC," the statement added.

This is 10th Indian quadcopter shot down by Pakistan Army this year, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Long-fraught relations between the two arch-rivals plummeted further following India's scrapping of the disputed region’s longstanding special status last August.

Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

Since they were partitioned in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars -- in 1948, 1965 and 1971 -- two of them over Kashmir.

Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence or unification with neighboring Pakistan.

According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have reportedly been killed in the conflict in the region since 1989.