Pakistan claims shooting down 2 Indian fighter jets

India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale says aircraft targeted Jaish-e Mohammad camps in a pre-emptive strike

He said in a televised address that the two sides could not afford a miscalculation "given the weapons we have".

Canada's largest carrier cancelled one flight to India from Vancouver and another flight en route to Delhi has turned back to Toronto, spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said by e-mail.

The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) jihadi group claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack, but India has accused Pakistan of being complicit, and tensions have been escalating ever since.

The military spokesperson said the Indian aircraft crossed the LoC, the PAF retaliated and two Indian aircraft were shot down in Pakistani airspace.

A statement from Pakistan's foreign ministry, said the Pakistan air force launched strikes across the disputed line of control in Kashmir.

Islamabad's announcement of the shootdown coincides with India's claim that its fighter jets had intercepted three Pakistani fighter jets that flew into the airspace over its territory in Kashmir and turned them away.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured in Pakistan after his MiG-21 Bison crashed on Wednesday, is a part of Indian Air Force's 51 Squadron, called Sword Arms and based in Srinagar.




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

"It is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its global obligation and bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistan has acted with aggression against India", the MEA said.

Video showing the pilot - blindfolded and with blood on his face - was shared by Pakistan's information ministry. "We are ascertaining the facts", Raveesh Kumar told reporters. Pakistani tweeters said he had been shown exemplary hospitality.

Stranded passengers queue at airline counters north of Delhi following the shut down of Pakistan the airspace to commercial flights as tensions increase with Pakistan, at Jammu airport in Jammu on Wednesday. "One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area", he wrote on Twitter. The craft initially reported to be a plane appears to be a Mi17 military helicopter according to a partial tail number seen by Reuters. They gave no cause for the crash.

"But because we are a responsible state and want peace, we decided first of all that we won't take any military targets".

"Pakistan has the right to an appropriate response, it has the right to self-defense", Pakistan's new prime minister, Imran Khan, declared on Tuesday.

"I would encourage direct dialogue between both countries to endeavour to resolve these matters in a peaceful way", Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said when asked about the situation during a visit to London.

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