Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 05:42 GMT 06:42 UK
World: South Asia
Plane attack raises tensions
Indian officials showed what they said was plane wreckage
India and Pakistan have blamed each other for the shooting down of a Pakistani aircraft by India, with the reported loss of all 16 people on board.
But Islamabad says the French-made Atlantique plane was unarmed and on a routine training flight in the Sir Creek area in Sindh province, southern Pakistan.
For its part, India has placed its air force, navy and army near the border on high alert.
Both countries say they have retrieved wreckage of the plane within their own territory.
India, on the other hand, said the wreckage was lying 4km inside its territory near Kori Creek in Gujarat.
It said it had retrieved part of the plane's wreckage including a wing, the cockpit and the plane's cable hydraulic system. It flew scraps of what it said was the wreckage into Delhi early on Wednesday, and showed them to waiting journalists.
An air force spokesman said: "The fact that we were able to receive the wreckage without an interference from the Pakistan side shows that this is in our territory."
Pakistan said the aircraft went missing at 1100 Pakistan time on Tuesday and the wreckage was discovered shortly afterwards, a few kilometres inside its own territory.
India has admitted the shooting but said the surveillance aircraft was shot down after veering 10km (six miles) inside its airspace and acting in what was described as a hostile manner.
The Indian military charged that Pakistan had violated Indian airspace in that area eight times since May.
India and Pakistan came to the brink of a fourth war in 52 years just a few months ago, when hostilities broke out between the Indian armed forces and Pakistani-backed fighters across the Line of Control in Kashmir.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was "increasingly concerned at the repeated incidents between India and Pakistan and urges that the differences between them be resolved by peaceful means," according to a spokesman.
Washington urged both countries to return to the process of normalising relations agreed last February.
The BBC's Daniel Lak in Delhi says the incident will probably not lead to escalating military tensions, but it is another setback to already dim hopes of a diplomatic solution to disputes that have previously led Pakistan and India to full-scale war.