India, Pakistan Both Claim to Have Shot Down Each Other's Jets

India, Pakistan Both Claim to Have Shot Down Each Other's Jets

India, Pakistan Both Claim to Have Shot Down Each Other's Jets

European Union Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini said in a statement, "Following the recent terrorist attack in Pulwama, tensions along the "Line of Control" between India and Pakistan have escalated militarily during the last days".

Hostilities between the two countries have increased since a suicide attack in Kashmir killed more than 40 Indian soldiers earlier this month.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday once again invited India for talks and urged better sense should prevail.

"I ask India: with the weapons you have and the weapons we have, can we really afford such a miscalculation?"

Indian Air Force on Monday carried out strikes at a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror training camp in Balakot, in which a large number of terrorists were killed. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody.

Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety.

"Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan's attempts were foiled successfully", the spokesman said.

The aerial engagement between India and Pakistan for the first time since the 1971 war marked a dramatic escalation of confrontation prompting world leaders to urge the two neighbouring countries to exercise "utmost restraint". "I also encouraged both ministers to prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity", said the Secretary of State.

Both China and the European Union have also called for restraint.

Numerous facts in the latest series of engagements are disputed by the two sides.

This comes a day after Pakistan's military said it shot down two Indian warplanes in Kashmir and captured a pilot, answering an airstrike the previous day by Indian fighter jets inside Pakistan. The next day, Pakistan retaliated with a large air formation, comprising 24 fighter jets, including F-16s. At least one Indian pilot also appears to have been captured by Pakistan.

India has issued a demarche to Pakistan, objecting to the "vulgar display" of the injured IAF pilot in violation of all norms and said Islamabad must ensure that no harm is done to the Indian defence personnel in its custody.

Video showing the pilot - blindfolded and with blood on his face - was shared by Pakistan's information ministry.

"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.

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