Professional army

This refers to the report that Pakistan allowed an Indian helicopter with four army personnel to return home five hours after the aircraft was forced to land in Skardu for violating Pakistani airspace (Oct. 24). This action vindicates my long held view that the Pakistan army is a professional institution, not a rogue army as some sections of the media, service colleagues, and politicians would like to suggest. Even if Pakistan had shot down the helicopter and shown it as a crash, thereby making us incur a loss of trained men and an expensive machine, we would not have been able to ascertain the truth, considering the sparsely populated terrain of Skardu. The terrain precludes the use of radars for monitoring and charting the flight path from our side of the border. The incident speaks volumes for the speed in decision-making, communications set-up and the maturity of the Pakistani army hierarchy.

Maj Gen Jatinder Singh (retd.),


The safe return of the Indian army helicopter with the crew shows that our belligerent neighbour has started softening its attitude towards India. If it adopts a similar stand with regard to cross-border terrorism too, it will find that India is its best friend.

P. Ramesan,


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