India has said that a technical malfunction resulted in a missile being fired into Pakistan on Wednesday evening and a high-level court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident, which is being taken very seriously by the government. India said the incident was “deeply regrettable” and expressed relief that there had been no loss of life.
An official statement on the incident came a day after the Pakistani government lodged a strong protest over the violation of its airspace by a supersonic, flying object it said originated in Sirsa in Haryana and fell to the ground near Mian Chunni city, 124 kilometres across the border.
“In the course of a routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level court of enquiry,” the statement read.
While there has been no official word by India on the type of missile that landed across the border, reports on the trajectory and flight characteristics by the Pakistani military indicate that it could have been a BrahMos missile deployed on a regular training mission. The missile was not armed with an explosive warhead, leading to minimal damage on the ground when it impacted near civilian property.