Pakistan says it shot down two Indian jets

Pakistan soldiers by what Pakistan says is a downed Indian jet

India says it lost one MiG21 fighter and a pilot was missing in action.
Pakistani PM Imran Khan said the two sides could not afford a miscalculation with the weapons they had.
India and Pakistan – both nuclear-armed states – claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it.
They have fought three wars since independence from Britain and partition in 1947. All but one were over Kashmir.
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The aerial attacks across the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Indian and Pakistani territory are the first since a war in 1971.
They follow a militant attack in Kashmir which killed 40 Indian troops – the deadliest to take place during a three-decade insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir. A Pakistan-based group said it carried out the attack.
Pakistan’s information ministry tweeted a video purporting to show a captured Indian pilot
The BBC’s Soutik Biswas, in Delhi, says the challenge for India and Pakistan now is to contain the latest escalation before things get completely out of control.
What do we know about the situation?
Pakistan’s information ministry published but subsequently deleted a video purporting to show one of the Indian pilots that the Pakistani military says it has captured.
In the video, the pilot – who is blindfolded and appears to have blood on his face – identifies himself as Wing-Commander Abhinandan.
The ministry also tweeted what it said was footage of one of the downed Indian jets.

In India, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar acknowledged the loss of a jet and its pilot.
He also said that an Indian plane had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet and Indian ground forces observed it falling on the Pakistani side of the LoC. Pakistan has denied any of its jets had been hit.
How are India and Pakistan reacting?
In a televised address, Prime Minister Khan offered India talks over terrorism and warned against further escalation.
“If we let it happen, it will remain neither in my nor Narendra Modi’s control,” he said.
“Our action is just to let them know that just like they intruded into our territory, we are also capable of going into their territory,” he added.
Mr Modi has not yet made any comment, but Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said her country would act “with responsibility and restraint”.
“India does not wish to see further escalation of the situation,” she said, speaking from a meeting with Russian and Chinese foreign ministers in China.
What about the earlier air strikes?
Pakistan’s assertion that it had shot down two Indian aircraft came shortly after Islamabad said its warplanes had struck targets in Indian territory.
Indian authorities said the Pakistani jets had been forced to withdraw.
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Pakistan’s military spokesman Maj Gen Ghafoor said jets had “engaged” six targets in Indian territory but then carried out air strikes on “open ground”.
“We don’t want to go on the path of war,” he said.

One thought on “Pakistan says it shot down two Indian jets

  1. sandomina says:

    Nothing much is expected from a savage, army controlled, sham democracy which hides behind terrorist to achieve its nefarious designs. The Paki information gathering is so poor that they beat the pulp out of their own F16 pilot who had ejected after being shot down. They shoot down only one Mig21.

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