The Pakistan Naval force identified and blocked an Indian submarine from entering Pakistani waters on October 16; the naval media wing told on Tuesday.
According to the statement; the naval force detected and obstructed the Indian submarine on 16 Oct 21 from going into Pakistani waters. It said that during the prevailing security milieu, a strict monitoring watch has been kept by the Pakistan Naval force to defend maritime boondocks of the country.
Indian submarine and the array of accusations
Tuesday’s allegation is the third time Pakistan’s military has claimed that it has identified an Indian submarine since 2016. The two past claims happened in November 2016 and in March 2019.
The illegal invasion in 2019 happened days after a strained military deadlock in the disputed region of Kashmir. The intrusion saw the two nations bomb each other’s territories and an aerial fight that finished with an Indian fighter jet being shot down by Pakistani thunder planes.
Video footage of Indian submarine released by Pakistan Navy
A video accompanying the Pakistani military’s latest statement seems to show infrared film of a submarine pole. It was taken on October 16 at 11:18pm and 11:36pm local time (18:18-18:36 GMT).
The location tag indicating the geographical position of the target places it around 283km south of the Pakistan’s city of Karachi, the country’s biggest city.
The position was located just inside the boundary of Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It is a space of coastal water and seabed that nations have exclusive monetary privileges over. The privileges are granted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Ocean
The UN Convention on Law of Sea doesn’t permit a state for unusual moves or activities in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the shelf of another coastal state without its permission.
Tensions between the two countries
The militaries of both countries have been on high alert from around 2019. In 2019, Pakistan killed an Indian warplane in Kashmir and caught a pilot in light of an airstrike by an Indian jet allegedly targeting militants inside Pakistan. The pilot was subsequently sent back to India to avoid escalation in tensions.
Later, Pakistan and India consented to end cross-border violations in the disputed locale of Kashmir. They promised to cling to a 2003 accord that had earlier been generally disregarded.
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Few montgs back, it was reported that the Pakistani PM Imran Khan was an expected target of the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware program by clients of the NSO Group cyberespionage firm – the client was reported to be an Indian firm.
A statement from the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan reads; “We have noted with serious concern recent international media reports exposing Indian government’s organised spying operations. Targeting its citizens, foreigners as well as Prime Minister Imran Khan, using an Israeli origin spyware.” The statement also condemned what it called; “India’s state-sponsored, continuing and widespread surveillance and spying operations in clear breach of global norms of responsible state behaviour”.
The two countries are at war since 1947, mostly over Kashmir. Both countries claim Kashmir to be a part of their territory. The region is demarcated by a line of control under UN laws, which mostly serves as a sensitive point for India and Pakistan because most of the battles stem only when the sensor switch is triggered.