Pakistan: India violated airspace

Sunday, December 14, 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Indian aircraft violated Pakistan's airspace Saturday but were chased back over the border by Pakistani fighter jets, an Air Force spokesman said.

The alleged incident comes amid tensions between the rivals over last month's deadly attack in Mumbai. India has said the attack had roots in Pakistan.

Pakistan Air Commodore Himayun Viqar said the aircraft crossed the border one to three miles in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and over the city of Lahore.

He would not say how many Indian aircraft were involved or give the exact time but said that Pakistani jets responded, forcing the Indian aircraft to turn back.

Attempts to get Indian comment were not immediately successful early Sunday morning.

However, in a statement, Pakistan Information Minister Sherry Rehman said the Indian Air Force had told Pakistan the incursion was "inadvertent."

"Our forces are on alert," Rehman said, adding, "There is no need for undue alarm."

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