NEW DELHI, India: The strongest outside condemnation came from Pakistan which has fought three wars with India in the past 40 years and came close to military confrontation last February.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman in Islamabad described the sortie as a grave violation of the principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of other countries.

“Clearly such intrusion into the airspace of an independent state constitutes a deplorable infringement of international law”, he said.

Bangladesh was more guarded. A Foreign Ministry spokesman told Reuters Bangladesh did not as a matter of principle favor the violation of the territorial integrity, including the airspace, of other countries.

Article extracted from this publication >>  June 12, 1987