India, Pakistan down each other's jets as Kashmir conflict escalates

India, Pakistan down each other's jets as Kashmir conflict escalates

In the latter half of the day, a video of him "being treated well" was also circulated.

India described the images as a "vulgar display of an injured personnel".

The US on Wednesday firmly asked Pakistan to take "meaningful action" against terrorist groups operating on its soil after India's counter-terrorism action against it and asked the two neighbours to exercise restraint and avoid escalation at any cost. The latest wave of tensions between Pakistan and India first erupted after Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for a February 14 suicide bombing on Indian paramilitary forces on the Indian side of Kashmir that killed more than 40 troops.

Imran Khan said in a televised statement that the two countries should "settle with talks" the conflict that has arisen between them - probably the closest to war that the two has come into after the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

Air bases in Pakistan are reportedly at "war alert levels" while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given his military a "free hand" to attack. However in this our MiG 21 crashed and the pilot present in it is missing. Pakistan has claimed to threaten both pilots.


What were the air strikes about?

While both sides have sought to play down the threat of war, the rare aerial engagement over the divided and disputed territory of Kashmir significantly raises the stakes in a standoff sparked by a suicide attack on the Indian-controlled side earlier this month.

"Both countries can not afford miscalculation because of the weapons we have".

Pakistan has the custody of only one IAF pilot. Officials had previously said two pilots had been captured and one had been taken to hospital.

No explanation has been given as to why the numbers have changed.


As the PAF jets approached the LoC, the Indian Air Force (IAF) scrambled fighters. "It is possible today", said Arun Jaitley India's Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Government of India.

"I once again invite you: we are ready". He said one Pakistani aircraft was shot down, something Pakistan denied. "The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side", MEA said.

"Air Canada's flight from Toronto to Mumbai is planned to operate tonight as it takes a different routing, and we are evaluating the routing options for both Toronto-Delhi and Vancouver-Delhi flights scheduled to operate later tonight", Air Canada said in a release.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said her country would act "with responsibility and restraint".


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