Pakistan military 'shoots down' two Indian aircraft

Thursday, 28 Feb, 2019

"We are ascertaining the facts", said Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for Indian External Affairs Ministry.

New Delhi had promised to act, and on February 26 its warplanes flew into Pakistani airspace and struck what it said was a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the group that claimed the Kashmir bombing. Indian officials said there was a possibility that he was further beaten as the clip does not show any injury to his face.

"In the aerial engagement, a Pakistan fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG-21 Bison".

Turkey is also on the side of Pakistan, as they were formerly both part of an alliance formed by the U.S. against the Soviet Union.

"We have an evacuation plan in place and if need arises we will evacuate people to safer areas", he said.

"What we are concerned about is that India and Pakistan, as important countries of the South Asian subcontinent, can maintain good neighborly and friendly relations", foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing.

Following the latest skirmish, Indian airlines canceled flights to cities in the north of India, due to airspace restrictions. With that, we had the assurance of escalation: Pakistan had boxed itself in.

The statement said that Pakistan had sought to "avoid human loss and collateral damage" and had conducted the strikes with the "s$3 ole objective being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence". Earlier, Pakistan had claimed to have entered the Indian airspace and dropped bombs.

An Indian air force plane crashed in India-administered Kashmir on Wednesday according to an Indian official.

Pakistani reporters and troops visit the site of an Indian airstrike in Jaba, near Balakot, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. "Pakistan will be forced to retaliate with nuclear weapons, which could, of course, lead to very serious destruction in the region", he said. "Our neighbor will not be allowed to destabilize us", irate Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared as his government, which is up for re-election in May, asked the global community to isolate Pakistan.

The official said Indian air force jets scrambled and intercepted the Pakistan planes, which then flew back.

India has also continued its crackdown on suspected militants operating in Kashmir, and on Wednesday security forces killed two Jaish militants in a gun battle, Indian police said.

"The feeling in India after being struck every single year and month with terrorism is 'enough is enough, '" he said. One of the downed planes crashed in Pakistan's part of Kashmir while the other went down in an Indian-controlled section of the Himalayan region, Pakistan's army spokesperson Maj.

But since India controls two-thirds of the state, which is what it managed to hold after Pakistan launched an invasion shortly after the British departure, that it refuses to concede ground, and Pakistan holds on to the one-third that it does, there have been multiple wars trying to resolve this issue, and a series of negotiations, but they have all ultimately run aground.

The strike Tuesday was India's first inside Pakistan since the two nations' 1971 war over territory that later became Bangladesh.

Ghafoor also said it would be "insane to talk about" the possibility of using nuclear weapons.

"Pakistan's plan was that there should be no casualties or damage, only to show Pakistani capability", said Khan.

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