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Pakistan on Saturday demanded a “joint probe” to accurately establish facts surrounding the accidental firing of an Indian missile into its territory, saying the grave nature of the incident raised several fundamental questions regarding security protocols and technical safeguards against the unauthorised launch of missiles in a nuclearised environment.

“Indian decision to hold an internal court of inquiry is not sufficient since the missile ended up in Pakistani territory. Pakistan demands a joint probe to accurately establish the facts surrounding the incident,” the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.

The statement noted that the entire incident indicated many loopholes and technical lapses of serious nature in India’s handling of strategic weapons.

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“Pakistan, therefore, calls upon the international community to take serious notice of this incident of grave nature in a nuclearised environment and play its due role in promoting strategic stability in the region,” the statement added.

It further said that Pakistan had taken note of the press statement by the Indian Press Information Bureau’s Defence Wing regretting the “accidental firing” of the Indian origin missile into Pakistani territory on 9 March 2022 due to “technical malfunction” and the decision to hold an internal Court of Inquiry.

“Given the short distances and response times, any misinterpretation by the other side could lead to countermeasures in self-defence with grave consequences,” it said.

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The FO said that such a serious matter cannot be addressed with the simplistic explanation.

“Some of the questions that need to be answered include:

• 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 actualize?

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