US speaks out on India's missile misfire into Pakistan
- Statement from India's Defence Ministry will "explain precisely what had happened", Price said
- The missile was fired due to a "techincal malfunction", India has clarified
- Indian defence minister will address the Parliament on the issue on Tuesday
Ned Price, the spokesperson for the United States Department of State said in a daily briefing, "We have no indication as you also heard from our Indian partners that this incident was anything other than an accident", according to reports from PTI.
Price further referred to a statement from India's Ministry of Defence issued on March 9 saying that it will "explain precisely what had happened."
Indian authorities have previously clarified that the missile launch into Pakistan was a "technical malfunction" and not an attack. A high level court of inquiry was also ordered by New Delhi to investigate the incident.
India's defence minister Rajnath Singh will also address the Parliament on Tuesday and will speak on the accidental missile firing. S Jaishankar, India's external affairs minister and top diplomat, will also address the Parliament.
Pakistan previously protested against the missile launch and said that it was an "unprovoked violation of its airspace by a supersonic flying object of Indian origin", according to reports from PTI. Islamabad also rejected the high-level court inquiry suggested by India, saying that a joint investigation is needed in this case.
"Indian decision to hold an internal court of inquiry is not sufficient since the missile ended up in Pakistani territory. Pakistan demands a joint probe to accurately establish the facts surrounding the incident", the statement from Pakistan's foreign office read.
"Such a serious matter cannot be addressed with the simplistic explanation proffered by the Indian authorities", the statement added, according to reports from Reuters.
Pakistani officials said that a surface-to-surface "supersonic missile" struck the city of Mian Channu on Wednesday evening and endangered civilians and threatened commercial flights. No casualties were reported.