Thousands of travellers stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Thousands of travellers stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Thousands of travellers stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

"We want him back", sources said.

Indian jets entered Pakistani airspace Tuesday for the first time since 1971, when the two countries went to war to destroy what they said were JeM's training camps in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Pakistan in return claimed to have shot down two Indian war planes.

The fate of the captured India pilot could be key, with Pakistan saying Thursday it would consider returning him if it would help defuse the situation.

An Indian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak publicly, warned that even if the pilot is returned home, New Delhi would not hesitate to strike its neighbour first if it feared a similar militant attack was looming.

Pompeo said he spent a "good deal of time on the phone" with Indian and Pakistani leader to make sure "there was good information exchanged, encouraging each country to not take any action that would escalate and create increased risk". A second Indian fighter jet was also shot down during the skirmish, but crashed in India-controlled Kashmir. On Twitter, Pakistani users started peppering their posts with the hashtag #PakistanStrikesBack, praising the Pakistan army's capture of the pilot.

"The country is in safe hands", he told the cheering crowd.

Shortly after, Pakistan announced the release of Indian Air Force pilot in their custody.

Flight Lieutenant Pratana Patanasiri, THAI's vice president for aviation safety, security and standards, said the national carrier has received permission from authorities to fly over China.

Khan also called for talks with India, and said he had tried to reach Modi a day earlier.

The comments were made in a joint news conference in New Delhi amid a serious escalation of tensions between the two countries.

The White House urged "both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation".

Banjongjitt Angsusingh, director-general at the ministry's Department of International Trade Promotion, said the impacts of the Kashmir conflict are still unclear, but if there were to be any negative impacts on Thai trade, they would only be for the short term.

The Indian Air Force pilot, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan, had been reported "missing in action" by Indian officials.

The United States, Britain and France proposed the United Nations Security Council blacklist Masood Azhar, the head of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, the group that claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack.

Singapore Airlines said on Thursday all of its Europe-bound flights would continue as planned, avoiding the affected airspace as necessary.

India has handed over its files on the deadly February 14 bombing to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Qureshi confirmed on Thursday.

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India's flat refusal also carried a warning that Abhinandan should not be hurt or harmed in any way.

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