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The Editorial Analysis- Unguided Missile

Missile Crisis between India- Pakistan: Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: International Relations- India and its neighbourhood- relations.

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Missile Crisis between India- Pakistan in News

  • The recent accidental firing of a missile by India into Pakistan could have led to serious for both countries.
  • This could have led to an unintended escalation of tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries, but, fortunately, that did not happen.

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Unguided Missile reached Pakistan

  • India’s Stand: The Government of India has said the incident, on March 9, happened in the course of routine maintenance, due to a technical malfunction.
  • India’s Response: India has ordered a high-level Court of Inquiry. The Chargé d’affaires of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were called twice by Pakistan to convey their concerns.
  • Pakistan’s Stand: Pakistan has alleged that the incident “indicates many loopholes and technical lapses of a serious nature in Indian handling of strategic weapons”.
  • Pakistan’s Demand: Pakistan termed the inquiry as ordered by India as insufficient. It has demanded a joint probe.
    • It has also sought the involvement of the international community to promote “strategic stability in the region”.

PRALAY: Successful launch of surface-to-surface missile


Possible Implications of the Missile Incident

  • Questioning India’s Technical Capability: India’s global image of being a responsible nuclear power has been built over decades of restrained words and thoughtful action.
    • This incident frays that reputation and measures must be taken to restore the confidence of the international community in India.
  • Previous Incidents: This accident also has echoes of another incident in February 2019.
    • A day after the Balakot airstrike, as fighter jets of India and Pakistan were engaged in a dogfight near the LoC, a Mi-17V5 crashed in Budgam shortly after take-off from Srinagar killing its personnel onboard and a civilian on the ground.
    • The Court of Inquiry confirmed that it was shot by an Israeli-origin Spyder surface-to-air missile system of the IAF.



  • India must leave no scope for any doubts about its capacity to handle nuclear and other military assets. That objective can be achieved without a joint probe with Pakistan or any international involvement, but the objective must be achieved nevertheless.

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