Pakistan in a statement on Tuesday claimed that it detected an Indian submarine and successfully warded off its attempt to enter Pakistani waters.
“The Pakistan Navy used its specialised skills to ward off the submarine, successfully keeping it from entering Pakistani waters,” a statement from the Pakistan Navy spokesperson said, Dawn reported.
“Keeping the government’s initiative of peace in mind, the Indian submarine was not targetted by the Pakistan Navy,” the statement said.
The spokesperson said the Navy was capable of responding to any aggression.
The Pakistan naval forces claimed that it was the second attempt since November 2016 that they have caught the Indian Navy trying to enter the country’s territorial waters.
The Pakistan Navy also shared a footage with the media, which it said was “actual”. The image showed that the footage was made at 2035 hours on March 4, PTI reported.
The Navy’s statement comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. The Indian Air Force had carried out a strike in Pakistan’s Balakot on 26 February. Pakistan responded the next day with an air strike in which India lost a MiG 21 fighter. IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan following the aerial confrontation. Pakistan released Varthaman on 1 March in what PM Imran Khan called a “gesture of peace.”
(With PTI inputs)