New Delhi: A drone was spotted over the Indian High Commission complex in Pakistan last week, triggering a huge security scare in the mission, people familiar with the development said on Friday (July 2).
The Indian mission has already taken up the issue strongly with the Pakistani authorities.
It is learnt that the drone was spotted late last week. There is no official comment on the incident yet.
The incident came to light amid growing concerns in the security establishment in India after explosives-laden drones were used to carry out an attack on the Jammu Air Force station on June 27.
According to security officials, it was the first instance of suspected Pakistan-based terrorists deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to strike at vital installations in India.
Two low-intensity explosions rocked the high security technical area of Indian Air Force Station at Jammu on 27June at around 2 AM. Two IAF personnel suffered minor injuries in the blasts.
Reports say that the two blasts were reported in quick succession.
The first blast was reported at 1.37 AM and the second at 1.43 AM. The Deputy Inspector General of CRPF has also arrived at Jammu’s Air Force Station.
J&K DGP, Dilbagh Singh said that the drones were used to drop explosive material at the Jammu airfield. Singh also said that Jammu Police have also recovered 5-6kgs of Improvised Explosive Device.
The DGP further added that the IED was from Lashkar-e Taiba outfit and was to be planted at some crowded place.
Later India on Monday raised concern at United Nations (UN) over use of information and communication technology for terrorism and said the possibility of weaponized drones for terrorist purposes requires serious attention.
Speaking at a UN high-level conference of heads of counter-terrorism agencies, VSK Kaumudi, Special Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), stated: “Being a low-cost option and easily available, utilization of these aerial/sub-surface platforms for sinister purposes by terrorist groups such as intelligence collection, weapon/explosives delivery and targeted attacks have become an imminent danger and challenge for security agencies worldwide.”