'I'm wing commander Abhinandan', says arrested Indian pilot

'I'm wing commander Abhinandan', says arrested Indian pilot

"Let's sit together to talk to find a solution", Khan said.

Pakistan and India said Wednesday they had shot down each other's warplanes, in a dramatic escalation of the unsafe confrontation between the nuclear-armed rivals.

"I'm wing commander Abhinandan and my service number is 27981", the arrested Indian pilot said in his video statement. He appeared in good health as he was questioned about his hometown, his aircraft and his mission. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. A helicopter crash in the region also killed six Indian air force officials and a civilian on the ground.

At the time of CAA's announcement, Pakistani airspace, according to Flight Radar 24 - a global flight tracking service - was nearly entirely empty.

Tensions between Pakistan and India have been escalated since a suicide attack in occupied Kashmir killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers.

In response to a question, Major General Ghafoor said, "Pakistan is not pushing for war". Two of the pilots have been killed in the incident.

"If those reports are correct, we would certainly urge both sides to exercise restraint". Two were shot down, he said.


This came shortly after Pakistan said its air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir, and captured two Indian pilots.

The main airport in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, had been shut down for three hours, police in the city said. The two countries also claimed to have downed teach other's fighter jets.

On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force said it carried out military strikes on "militant bases" in Pakistan.

Ghafoor, the Pakistani military spokesperson, said the strikes were aimed at "avoiding human loss and collateral damage".

Addressing the press conference, DG ISPR said Pakistan had no choice other than hitting back.

Both India and Pakistan claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir, but control only parts of it.

It was India's first air strike on Pakistani soil since the neighbours fought a war in 1971 - when neither had nuclear weapons. Indian reports said a Pakistani aircraft had been shot down, the BBC reported.


All worldwide flights exiting Indian airspace north of Mumbai are being re-routed through West Asia.

Pakistan said there were no casualties in India's airstrike near the town of Balakot on Tuesday. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. An Indian military statement said that "out of anger and frustration", Pakistan initiated an "unprovoked cease-fire violation".

"Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to the size of Indian formation".

He said Pakistan would cooperate with India in an investigation concerning the suicide auto bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14.

She said the limited objective of India's pre-emptive strike inside Pakistan on a terrorist training camp Tuesday was to act decisively against the terrorist infrastructure of Jaish-e-Mohammad group, to pre-empt another terror attack in India.

Hussain reported from Srinagar, India.


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