Pakistan Foreign Ministry News

Pakistan-India Agreement on the Prevention of Airspace Violations


11 August 1999

The Defence Committee of the Cabinet met today under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Information, the three Services Chiefs, the Foreign and Defence Secretaries and some other senior officials attended the meeting.

The DCC considered the situation resulting from the latest act of Indian military aggression by shooting down the unarmed Pakistan Navy aircraft yesterday and the cold blooded murder in peace time of the 16 naval personnel including trainees who were on board the aircraft. The Chief of Naval Staff briefed the DCC on the details of this naked aggression.

The DCC noted that India had blatantly violated the recognized international norms as well as the specific bilateral Pakistan-India Agreement on the Prevention of Airspace Violations signed on 6th April, 1991. The DCC expressed its strong condemnation of this wanton and cowardly act and warned that Pakistan would be fully justified in making an appropriate response in self-defense. All provocations and violations of Pakistan's airspace would be considered as hostile acts and given a befitting  response. The armed forces have been directed to take all necessary measures in this regard.

The DCC reiterated the sense of indignation of the entire nation voiced earlier by the Federal Cabinet during its meeting this morning and affirmed that the nation was fully united in its resolve to face the Indian aggression.

The DCC noted that the Foreign Minister had brought this act of aggression to the attention of the President of the Security Council and the Secretaries General of the United Nations and the OIC. Pakistan has always favoured peaceful resolution of all disputes. Accordingly, the DCC believed that it devolved upon the international community to take public cognizance of this most deplorable incident and condemn this military aggression against an unarmed aircraft which has raised tensions and posed a threat to the peace and stability of the region.

The DCC also reviewed the latest situation in Afghanistan and reiterated Pakistan's policy of promoting durable peace in that country through dialogue and negotiations. The Afghan parties were urged to return to the negotiating table in order to end bloodshed and resolve their differences within the framework of the 6+2 Tashkent Declaration.