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Skirmish in Air: Pakistan Shoots Down 2 Indian Jets Over Kashmir

Skirmish in Air: Pakistan Shoots Down 2 Indian Jets Over Kashmir

Pakistan army on Wednesday claimed that the country's air force has shot down two Indian fighter jets that crossed into Pakistani territory.

He said the Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesperson said Indian planes engaged with the Pakistan aircraft and brought one of them down.

Further details about the incident were not immediately available.

Soon after India suspends air space movement for commercial flights in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has declared an aerial emergency across all airports following escalating tension between India and Pakistan on Wednesday, Express News reported.

On the ground troops from both countries exchanged fire along their contested border.

Pakistan has denied that India shot down its fighter jet.

China on February 27 appeared to have walked a thin line by tacitly supporting Indian air strikes against the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camps in Pakistan, but making it plain that it rejected labelling Islamabad as a state sponsor of terrorism.

"Based on credible evidence that the Jaish-e-Mohammed meant to launched more terrorist attacks in India, India carried out the air strikes", Kumar said.

Indian reports said a Pakistani aircraft had been shot down, the BBC reported.

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Five Indian soldiers suffered minor wounds in the shelling that ended on Wednesday morning, he added. "We decided that no human life should be endangered in our strikes", Ghafoor said.

A senior Indian official told the Guardian the Pakistani jets were likely to have struck three evacuated villages, Nadian, Lam and Jhangar, in the border district of Rajouri shortly after 10.30am.

Pakistan responded by shutting down its civilian airspace as Prime Minister Imran Khan called for negotiations with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, to ensure "better sense can prevail".

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale claimed a "large number" of militants were killed during these strikes. He then asks if he is in the custody of the Pakistan military.

Pakistan's military spokesman says the country does "not want to go towards war" with India. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan's attempts were foiled successfully,"Kumar said".

In view of the prevailing situation, authorities have ordered a temporary closure of educational institutions located within five kilometres of the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch.

In Mumbai, India's financial capital, there was a visible increase in security levels for a city that has suffered numerous militant attacks in the past.

Tuesday's strikes represent the worst escalation since 2001, when Pakistan and India moved ballistic missiles and troops to their border following an attack on parliament in New Delhi that was also blamed on Jaish-e-Mohammad.

"I also encouraged both ministers to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity", he said.


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