Pakistan says shot down two Indian aircrafts, sending Kashmir tensions soaring

Pakistan says shot down two Indian aircrafts, sending Kashmir tensions soaring

Pakistan says shot down two Indian aircrafts, sending Kashmir tensions soaring

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said the country's air force was carrying out airstrikes Wednesday from within Pakistani airspace across the disputed Kashmir boundary but that this was not in "retaliation to continued Indian belligerence".

The Indian air force has ordered Kashmir's main airport in Srinagar along with at least three others in neighboring states to close because of the two incidents, an official said.

It comes hours after a Pakistani spokesperson said its nation's armed forces shot down two Indian warplanes in its airspace over disputed Kashmir.

The incidents are the latest in a risky sequence of events between the two countries, whose ties have been under intense strain since a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir that killed 40 troops.

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.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since independence from British colonial rule in 1947 and went to the brink a fourth in 2002 after a Pakistani militant attack on India's Parliament.

"This is not how countries act when responding to challenges", the Pakistani envoy said, the APP report said.

In another statement, Pakistan's foreign ministry said it had struck "non military targets" but avoided "human loss and collateral damage".

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

Pakistan Wednesday suspended flight operations across major airports, including Islamabad and Lahore, for an indefinite period in the wake of the escalating tensions with India, a top civil aviation authority said.

In the February 26 statement, Pompeo said he had spoken with his Indian and Pakistani counterparts.

The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group, which was banned in Pakistan in 2002, had claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in the town of Pulwama.

Protesters burn an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The Army spokesperson further said "We locked six targets at the Line of Control (LoC), but we decided not to target any military camp".

On the Indian side, five soldiers were also injured in the firing, officials told the BBC. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK.

In Punjab, an Indian state that borders Pakistan, security alerts are in place in several districts, according to media reports.

He further informed that he has taken the global community into confidence and informed the worldwide leaderships about India's aggression.

"If I were Washington, I'd be in overdrive making phone calls and signaling that it wants tensions to be de-escalated now", said Moeed Yusuf, an expert at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.

The US, along with China, Britain, Germany and the European Union, have called for cooler heads to prevail.

British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said the United Kingdom government had been "working round the clock" to encourage Pakistan and India to "de-escalate and reduce tensions".

Pakistan has denied involvement in the Kashmir bombing that sparked the latest tensions.

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