Israeli Missiles Used in Indian Air Force's Pakistan Strike

General view of a site after Indian warplanes dropped bombs in Pakistan's Balakot

The prime minister lauded Pakistan Air Force for Wednesday's action and expressed full confidence in the capabilities of the armed forces.

Pakistan has denied involvement in the attack but vowed to respond to any Indian military operation against it.

However, there was no official confirmation from the Indian government.

Pakistan said it had captured two Indian pilots, with one in hospital.

"The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side", he told a briefing.

Meanwhile, Indian police said officials recovered seven bodies from the wreckage of the Indian air force chopper that crashed in an Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir, including six Indian airmen and a civilian on the ground. Given the high alert level, India used its Spyder air defence missiles for the first time, taking down a Pakistani UAV that had intruded into airspace over Gujarat on Tuesday morning. He then asks if he is in the custody of the Pakistan military.

"Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage".

China called on Pakistan and India on Wednesday to "exercise restraint" and seek dialogue after Islamabad said it shot down two Indian warplanes in its airspace over disputed Kashmir. We are a peaceful country and do not want to go to war.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry pledged retaliation against the Indian airstrike which it described as "an act of aggression" threatening regional security.




Pakistan says Indian warplanes dropped bombs near the town of Balakot but there were no casualties. "Sole goal being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence", it said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has shut down domestic and worldwide flights operating from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports, ANI reported.

India claims it hit a militant training camp and killed "a very large number" of fighters from the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group, which took responsibility for a 14 February suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 paramilitaries.

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

Along the Line of Control, heavy shelling has been reported in the Nowshera, Rajouri and Poonch sectors and Indian troops are on the alert for possible strikes by Border Action Teams (BAT) that are known to target patrolling troops and posts.

On Wednesday, Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj defended the attack on JeM training camps.

"We had offered India for a joint probe into the Pulwama attack because it is not in Pakistan's interest that our soil is used against any country".

"Terrorism is a threat to humanity".

Within hours of the incident, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television urging peace talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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