AK Antony
Defense Minister AK Antony.Reuters

Pakistan air force has violated Indian air space twice this year taking the count of such incidents to 23 in just last three years, said Defence Minister AK Antony in reply to the queries related to the Defence sector in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Antony in a written statement said, "During the last three years between 2009 and 2012, about 23 incidents of air violation by Pakistan flights belonging to defence forces were reported."

Antony said that in 2009 Pakistan military planes violated Indian air space 8 times, 11 times in 2010 and twice in 2011 and 2012.

"All such violations are analysed and taken up with concerned country through laid down channels as per established procedures," he said.

Meanwhile, commenting on the human rights violation cases against the army personnel he said that majority of such cases were proved to be false in the investigation.

"Since 2009, the defence ministry has received 169 complaints against army personnel pertaining to the human rights violation. However, out of which 158 cases were found to be false. The rest of the 11 cases are being probed," Antony said in a written reply to Kirit Premjibhai Solanki.

According to the Defence Minister, 6 of 11 cases, which are under investigation, were filed in 2011 and majority of the cases were found to be erroneous.

In 2011, out of 33 cases 27 were declared to be wrong and in 2010 the concerned ministry received about 57 complaints out of which only five cases are currently under investigation and rest of them were proved incorrect in the investigating process.

Moreover, all of the 79 complaints received in 2009 were dropped from the investigation as they were found to be baseless and false.