Pakistan’s surprise response to India


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace in Kashmir on Wednesday, a military spokesman said, adding that one Indian pilot had been captured.

“PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace,” tweeted military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, adding that one aircraft had fallen in Pakistani-held Kashmir, while the other crashed on the Indian side.

“One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” he said without elaborating.

The Pakistani foreign office also released a statement saying that the air force “undertook strikes” across the border, known as the Line of Control, Wednesday — however it did not elaborate on what it meant by “strikes” and did not mention shooting down planes.

It said the strikes were aimed at a “non military target”, adding: “We have no intention of escalation”.

Tensions have dramatically escalated between the nuclear-armed rivals since Indian warplanes flew into Pakistani airspace and struck what New Delhi claimed was a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

DG ISPR Press Conference

DG ISPR Maj General Ghafoor will address an important press conference later today.

First photo emerge from the scene of Indian fighter jets downed by Pakistani forces.

Experts call for unity

Senior journalists and defence analysts are of the view that Pakistan has so far given a matured response to Indian aggression.  Talking to Geo News, they said Pakistan has not targeted civilians and only military targets were hit. Now it is up to the world community that they should intervene and tell India that it should not escalate the situation, they opined.

“Nuclear arms in hands of an extremist prime minister should be a matter of concern.”

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