Pakistan claims to shoot down Indian jets in Kashmir

Pakistan claims to shoot down Indian jets in Kashmir

Pakistan claims to shoot down Indian jets in Kashmir

Elsewhere Pakistani fighter jets violated airspace over Indian Kashmir on Wednesday but were forced back over the de facto border of the disputed territory, sources and local media said. "As a result both the Indian planes were shot down and the wreckage of one fell on our side while the wreckage of the other fell on their side", he said.

Officials from Pakistani Armed Forces have released some video and images showing, as they claim, an Indian pilot from fighter jet downed on its side of Kashmir.

Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in a suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, sparking outrage in the country.

India on Tuesday said it had launched an air strike inside Pakistan and that its warplanes killed "a very large number" of fighters at a militant training camp, raising the risk of conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

The targeting of militant camps is a departure from India's decades-old policy of restraint born out of fears of triggering an outright conflict. India and Pakistan have fought three major wars since partition and independence in 1947.

Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani soldiers targeted dozens of Indian military positions across the Line of Control throughout the night.

Pakistan stocks continued to dip on Wednesday amid panic selling in the market, as border tensions escalated following Pakistan's retaliatory action to intrusion by Indian aircraft into the Pakistani airspace a day ago.

Ghafoor, the Pakistani military spokesperson, said the strikes were aimed at "avoiding human loss and collateral damage". "To avoid further military action, this is a risky cycle of escalation", Senator Payne said.

Pakistani airspace has officially been closed for commercial flights, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Wednesday.

The foreign minister said the Indian act of violation LoC was tantamount to aggression against Pakistan, which jeopardizes peace and security of the region.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan called for talks with India, urging them to "come to the negotiating table". "We are ascertaining the facts", Raveesh Kumar told reporters.

In a separate incident, a helicopter crashed and exploded into flames outside the main city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing three people, officials said, adding they were investigating the cause.

On the Indian side, five soldiers were also injured in the firing, officials told the BBC.

Pompeo added that in talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, he stressed "the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".

The escalation has triggered worldwide alarm, with China and the European Union also calling for restraint.

Such a strike inside undisputed Pakistani territory would be a serious escalation of an already bitter rivalry.

Leaders from opposition parties have also demanded Pakistan to boycott the OIC meeting.

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