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Pakistan, India say shot down each other's warplanes

Pakistan, India say shot down each other's warplanes

The Ministry of External Affairs revealed on Wednesday that one pilot of a MiG 21, who was missing in action after engaging with Pakistan aircraft this morning, was in Pakistan's custody. The Srinagar airport, which has been shut along with two other airports for civilian flights in the region, is also an air force station.

Ghafoor said the jets had been shot down after Pakistani planes earlier flew across the Line of Control, the de facto border in Kashmir, to the Indian side in a show of strength, hitting non-military targets including supply depots.

In a separate call with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Mr Pompeo emphasized the close security partnership between the U.S. and India and the shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region.

Pakistan denies this, saying the attack was a failure and no one died, with bombs dropped on a largely empty hillside.

Earlier, Pakistan claimed it had shot down two Indian jets on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Pakistan armed forces said; a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971.

The diplomatic back-and-forth came after India's Air Force said its jets launched airstrikes against terrorists inside Pakistan, which scrambled its own jets in response.

"The fact is that Pakistan targeted military installations but we thwarted their plans".

During the talk, he spoke on the repercussions of a nuclear war between Pakistan and India.

One of the captured pilots was in custody and the other was in hospital, he said.




Referring to the "pre-emptive, non-military" action taken by India on a JeM camp at Balakot, Swaraj said, "In the light of continuing refusal of Pak to acknowledge and act against terror groups on its territory and based on credible info that JeM was planning other attacks in parts of India, Government of India chose to take pre-emptive action and target was selected in order to avoid civilian casualties".

India has also continued its crackdown on suspected militants operating in Kashmir, a mountainous region that both countries claim in full but rule in part.

Following a deadly vehicle bomb attack which killed dozens of Indian soldiers earlier in the month, New Delhi launched an aerial assault against suspected terrorist camps in Pakistan despite Islamabad's opposition. "The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side". The MEA also stated that the IAF managed to shoot down one Pakistan fighter jet. Pakistan said the ceasefire violations were by India. In New Delhi, Indian officials said Wednesday at least five of their soldiers were wounded in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier.

Troops from India and Pakistan first exchanged fire on Thursday in the Poonch district for over an hour at 6 a.m., according to a statement from the Indian army.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told state-run Pakistan Television he was in touch with his counterparts across the world about the "Indian aggression", adding that New Delhi had endangered peace in the region by Tuesday's airstrike on Pakistan.

The ambassador told reporters the situation is in Kashmir - a region claimed by Pakistan, its ally China, and their rival India - is "very fluid", adding, "It's a very serious situation, and any further escalation can be risky".

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. The target was a camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed which claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide vehicle bombing in Kashmir which killed 40 members of India's security forces.

"After the Pulwama attack we offered India that we are ready for any type of investigation".

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