Cowardly Indian attack on AJK PM

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"My helicopter had not even committed any violation and was flying well within our side of the LoC [near Taraori village in Abaspur tehsil] when Indian troops opened fire", he said in a statement from Islamabad.

"I had gone to Forward Kahuta to condole the death of one of my ministers' brother and meet the residents of the area adjacent to the LoC".

Farooq Haider Khan, the prime minister of the Azad Kashmir region controlled by Pakistan, said his civilian helicopter was sacked upon by Indian army from across the "Line of Control", which acts as a de facto border between the two countries.

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"It could likely to be a civil chopper and was flying very high".

Such manoeuvres by the Indian government and forces were aimed at diverting attention from the real issue of Kashmir and the grave human rights violations taking place in India-held Kashmir, he said. "The air sentries at forward location had engaged it with small arms", Anand said.

Muslim-majority Kashmir is divided between nuclear-armed neighbors, who both claim the mountainous region in full and have fought two of their three wars over it since their separation in 1947. "Luckily, we remained unhurt and the helicopter was not damaged", he said.

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According to a report in Pakistan-based Dawn News, Haider and two of his ministers were in the helicopter, which came under attack from India near Abbaspur village.

A video of the same was also released and widely circulated on social media platforms.

Only a day ago, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY had highlighted the longstanding issue of Kashmir and held India responsible for terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.

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Following this, India and Pakistan also took each other head on as the two foreign ministers address the UNGA.

"It has now been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our nation", he said, without naming Islamabad. "Their nefarious acts are called heroism and they are hailed as heroes in the country", Swaraj said in a sharp message that exposed India's neighbour as a principal sponsor of terrorism in the region and a threat for the world.

The state premier said the people of Jammu and Kashmir will act as a front line for the defence of every inch of Pakistan and AJK. It was also against the diplomatic norms, he added.

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