The Pakistani army on Sunday said it had shot down another Indian quadcopter drone that “intruded” into its airspace along the disputed Kashmir border.
It said that the “spying quadcopter drone” was shot down in Pandu sector after it “intruded 200 meters inside Pakistan’s territory” along the so-called Line of Control, across which the two armies have faced off for decades.
This was the 10th quadcopter drone shot down by Pakistan’s army this year, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the armed forces’ media wing.
Jammu and Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts, and claimed by both in full. A small sliver 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 the neighboring Pakistan.
According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have been killed and tortured in the conflict that flared up in 1989.
Last August the Indian government revoked Article 370 and other related provisions from its Constitution, scrapping the special status of country’s only Muslim-majority state. It was also split into two federally administered territories.
Simultaneously, it locked the region down, detaining thousands of people, imposing movement restrictions and enforcing a communications blackout.