FM Qureshi calls on India to review its aggression, adopt peace

Pakistan claims to have shot down two Indian aircraft as tensions flare

Pakistan's military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last two decades.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, "PAF undertook strikes across LoC from Pakistani airspace".

The air force also shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

"This is unprecedented territory - we haven't had tit-for-tat air strikes between India and Pakistan since the 1971 war", said Anit Mukherjee, a former Indian Army major and assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, by phone.

Soon after India suspends air space movement for commercial flights in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has declared an aerial emergency across all airports following escalating tension between India and Pakistan on Wednesday, Express News reported.

Indian news reports say that airports in the Indian-occupied Kashmir have also been closed for civilian traffic.

India had already told its filmmakers not to release films in Pakistan and to stop casting Pakistani stars two weeks ago, after a suicide bomber killed 44 Indian security personnel in Kashmir.




He said the Indian Air Force had foiled the attack successfully as the "PAF was detected and IAF responded instantly".

Hours after India attacked a terrorist camp in Balakot in response to attack in Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called a meeting of National Command Authority on Wednesday.

The two countries 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.

New Delhi sought to ease soaring tensions with an infuriated Islamabad Wednesday after carrying out an air strike on Pakistan's territory, as the USA urged the nuclear-armed neighbours to "exercise restraint". He said India was still "ascertaining" whether its pilot was in Pakistan's custody.

The developments come a day after Indian warplanes carried out an air strike in northeastern Pakistan on what New Delhi said was a militant training camp. However, one of the three F-16s was shot down in Nowshera's Lam Valley, three kilometres into Pakistani territory, India said.

"I also encouraged both ministers to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity", said the US top diplomat.

The shells hit the village of Kotli in Pakistan's section of Kashmir.

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