India asks Pakistan to immediately return Wing Commander Abhinandan, ensure his safety

28 February, 2019, 06:24 | Author: Erin Carter
  • Pakistan military 'shoots down' two Indian aircraft

He did not answer when asked what his mission was.

The Indian air force ordered Kashmir's main airport in Srinagar and three other airports to close down because of the incidents.

IndiGo, India's largest carrier, Singapore Airlines-affiliate Vistara, Jet Airways India Ltd. and Go Air said flights were suspended at several airports. Officials had previously said two pilots had been captured and one had been taken to hospital.

"I hope you like the tea", said a Pakistani officer. "Had this country (Pakistan) acted against terrorism earlier, we should not have even reached here", says Gill who lives in Dehradun.

Pakistan said it shot down two Indian aircraft from inside its airspace Wednesday and launched strikes inside Indian-controlled Kashmir, one day after India sent jets into Pakistani territory for the first time since 1971 and dropped bombs there. They gave no cause for the crash.

Airspace above Pakistan is now closed, the country's aviation authority has announced. "We may destroy each other in a matter of minutes", he wrote, calling for bilateral dialogue.

Witnesses said soldiers fired in the air to keep residents away from the crash site.

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There were also claims in the Indian media that a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet was shot down and crashed in the Rajouri district of Kashmir - presumably by the Indian Air Force responding to an incursion.

Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan does not want to escalate its crisis with India, nor does it want to go to war. "India also expects his immediate and safe return", the MEA said. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. Justifying the predawn air strike in Pakistan's Balakot, Swaraj also spoke about the "grief and anger" in India after the Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan stated that none of its jets was hit.

Residents on both sides of the de-facto frontier, the so-called Line of Control, said there were exchanges of fire between the two sides through the night into Wednesday morning.

South Asian countries have also called India and Pakistan to show restraint.

"Army, government and people of Pakistan have always conveyed a message of peace". An Indian military statement said that "out of anger and frustration", Pakistan initiated an "unprovoked cease-fire violation". India blamed the assault, which killed 40 Indian paramilitary forces, on the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

She added: "India does not wish see further escalation of the situation and India will continued to act with responsibility and restraint".

The ongoing flare-up started on February 14 with the suicide bombing of Indian police troops in Kashmir, a divided region in the north that has been contested by Islamabad and New Delhi since 1947.

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