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Pakistan Shoots Down Two Indian Jets: ISPR

NEW DELHI – The Pakistani government announced on Wednesday that Pakistani Air Force (PAF) had shot down two Indian planes in Pakistani airspace after Indian forces crossed the line of control, BBC reported Wednesday.
General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for the Pakistani armed forces, said in a tweet on Wednesday that an Indian plane had fallen inside Pakistan-administered Kashmir, while another had fallen in the Indian administered Kashmir, meanwhile a pilot had been arrested.
A message posted on the official Twitter account of the Pakistani government confirmed that PAF had shot down both aircraft, following strikes by Pakistan.
Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a official statement that in Today’s engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. he pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.
At the same time, a statement from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said, that India had conducted air strikes on Civilians beyond the line of control in Pakistan’s airspace, which is itself an act of terrorism.
The alleged strike comes one day after India launched its own Air strikes on an alleged terrorist training camp inside Pakistani territory. It was the first incursion of Indian air force aircraft across the border between the two countries since the India-Pakistan war of 1971.
Pakistan said its strike was “not a response” to the Indian operation and stressed that “Pakistan has therefore taken strikes against a non-military target, thus avoiding loss of life and collateral damage”.
“The sole purpose is to demonstrate our right, our will and our capacity for self-defense, we have no intention of escalation, but we are quite willing to do so if we are forced to embrace this paradigm. that’s why we started the action with a clear warning and in broad daylight, “the statement said.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, addressing Pakistani nation after two Indian fighter jets were shot down by the Pakistan Air Force Wednesday morning, said that we offered to cooperate with India if any Pakistani was involved in the Pulwama attack.
I told India we would have to respond. The only reason for the action today was to show India that we have the capability to respond, he added.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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