India shoots down Pakistani fighter jet after own aircraft downed

28 February, 2019, 00:16 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • IAF pilot,Farhan Akhtar,Sushmita Sen

With Pakistani villagers and soldiers filming his capture and captivity on Wednesday in clips that have since gone viral on social media, the pilot identified by Islamabad as Indian Wing Commander Abhi Nandan has fast emerged as the human face of the risky flare-up between the arch-foes.

"Pakistan's plan was that there should be no casualties or damage, only to show Pakistani capability", said Khan. "The intent was to show India, we can and would respond if aggression would be thrust upon us", he added.

Numerous nations have issued statements calling on both sides to practice restraint, in the meantime.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu has called for a de-escalation of tensions and a resolution on the Kashmir conflict.

"We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint, take initiatives that are conducive to promoting dialogue, meet halfway and make active efforts for lasting peace and stability in South Asia", Lu said.

Turkish foreign minister added that Ankara ready to play its part to ease tension between Pakistan, India.

India has confirmed one of its planes was shot down by Pakistani planes and a pilot is missing.

"This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence".

"In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21". A terse Indian announcement that a pilot was missing only heightened the suspense before his video recorded statement emerged.

Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety.

"We don't want to go on the path of war", he said.

What have India and Pakistan said?

The Indian warplanes went down Wednesday morning in Kashmir, a mountainous region claimed by both India and Pakistan since nearly immediately after their creation in 1947.

A spokesperson for FlyDubai said the airline was also reviewing its schedule in light of the announcement.


The Pakistan government's official Twitter account released a video of what it claimed was one of the Indian pilots who had been shot down.

Pakistan's army spokesman Asif Ghafoor tweeted a photo of the airman and said he was "being treated as per norms of military ethics".

An Indian aircraft crashed about 150km away in Budgam district on Wednesday morning, killing at least one person aboard, but it unclear if the incident was linked.

Regionally, it says to avoid all travel to Jammu and Kashmir. "And I'm very impressed with the Pakistan Army". "Nothing is solved through war and no conflict has ever been settled through war". 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. "But where do we go from here?" he asked. Which is the way of peace.

"The Indian air force responded strongly and they were pushed back", the official said.

India also strongly objected to Pakistan's vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.

"We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if force into that paradigm", the foreign ministry said. "For flights that are going to depart this evening we will call an urgent meeting to consider the impact of such events", said Thai Airways President Sumeth Damrongchaitham.

Mortar shells fired into Pakistani territory killed six people, children among them, according to local officials.

Pakistani and Indian troops deployed in Kashmir often trade fire. India wanted to claim Kashmir because it's a Muslim-majority region and wanted to demonstrate that a significant minority could thrive within a predominantly Hindu country.

Pakistan has promised to retaliate to Tuesday's air strikes, and security across India has been tightened.

"By closing the airspace, every flight from Thailand to Europe has been affected".

TRT World speaks to New Delhi-based journalist Ishan Russell.

Those strikes came a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971. "I also encouraged both ministers to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity". It's response? An airstrike on what it claimed was a camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed, the group that claimed the attack, on Pakistani soil. Indian CRPF soldiers were killed in a deadly terror attack in Pulwama, Kashmir on February 14.

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