New Delhi: Pakistan on Friday said its navy had detected and prevented an Indian submarine from entering its waters—an allegation refuted by the Indian navy.
It was not clear when the incident occurred but a statement from the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi quoted a Twitter post put up by the Pakistan navy on Friday.
A grainy video clip of the alleged Indian submarine sailing through what seemed like open waters, which was telecast by a Pakistan TV channel, was also forwarded by the Pakistan high commission.
The Indian navy on its part dismissed the Pakistani statement as “blatant lies".
“None of our boats was there," said Captain D.K. Sharma, spokesman for the Indian navy, in New Delhi.
The incident comes amid a surge in tensions between India and Pakistan. The tensions were sparked by Pakistan in July describing a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist killed by Indian troops as a Kashmiri leader and mounting a global campaign to highlight what it said were Indian human rights violations in Kashmir.
In response to the Uri attack, India conducted special operations in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to destroy terrorist launch pads on 29 September.
Pakistan denied that the Indian strikes took place but there has been a surge in incidents of cross-border firing—seen as Pakistani retaliation to India’s strikes. Both sides have claimed deaths of and injuries to security personnel and civilians.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spearheaded a campaign to isolate Pakistan on the international stage—describing Pakistan as the “mothership of terrorism" at the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (Brics) summit of the world’s leading emerging economies in Goa last month.