Pakistan says Indian 'spy drone' shot down, India denies charge

Pakistan army on Wednesday said that it shot down an Indian 'spy' drone which it alleged was being used for aerial photography near the Line of Control, a claim dismissed by India

New Delhi/Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday said an "Indian spy drone" was shot down by its army along the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. India denied the claim, saying no such drone crashed or was shot down.

Pakistan's Dunya News cited the Inter-Services Public Relations -- the military's media wing -- as saying that the drone was equipped with a camera and was taking photos. It was shot down in Bhimbher sector along the Line of Control (LoC), it said.

The army claimed that the drone was being used for aerial photography and was "brought down for violation of Pakistan's territorial integrity".

Dunya News said Pakistan has decided to summon the Indian High Commissioner after the incident to register its protest.

The Indian Army as well as the Indian Air Force, however, have denied that any of their drone has been shot down or crashed. A spokesperson of the Indian Army said: "Some reports of a drone crash in PoK are being referred to. No drone or UAV crash of the Indian Army has taken place."

An IAF spokesperson also denied that any of their drone has been brought down.

The alleged shooting down of the drone occurred nearly a week after the ice-breaking meeting between Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia. 

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