Things Are Getting Very Tense Between India and Pakistan

28 February, 2019, 04:57 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Pakistan military 'shoots down' two Indian aircraft

Pakistan says its air forces shot down two Indian warplanes that had flown over its border in the disputed territory of Kashmir Wednesday.

The air incursions follow a February 14 suicide car-bomb attack in Kashmir that killed some 40 Indian troops.

Pakistan says the Indian fighters were confronted before they could reach Balakot and dropped four to five bombs in an open field as they fled back across the border.

The Pakistani government on Wednesday also closed down its civilian airspace, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for direct talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Responding to a question regarding today's meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA) and possible use of nuclear weapons, Ghafoor rejected the option, saying: "I have always said we must not talk about this, it's insane to talk about this".

In conventional terms, India's armed forces are numerically superior in both troops and equipment, making it likely that they would overpower Pakistan's defences if New Delhi ordered a large-scale assault.

Arrested Indian Airforce (IAF) pilot Abhi Nandan on Wednesday expressed gratitude to the Pakistan Army for their good conduct and hospitality shown to him.

United said it would continue to operate its Newark-Mumbai and Newark-Delhi flights Wednesday night, flying around Pakistani airspace, and warned customers they would experience "extended flight times".

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The comments come just hours after Pakistan's military said it shot down two Indian planes in the disputed Kashmir region. It has also been made clear to Pakistan that no harm should be caused to the Indian defence personnel, the External Affairs Ministry said, adding it has conveyed strong objection to the neighbouring country at the "vulgar display" of an injured personnel in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. "To avoid further military action, this is a unsafe cycle of escalation", Senator Payne said during a visit to London overnight.

The strikes were New Delhi's first on its neighbour's territory since the two countries went to war in 1971.

"We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm", the statement said, adding that India's earlier strike had been aimed at "so-called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence".

The US has asked Pakistan to abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds. "Our neighbor will not be allowed to destabilize us", irate Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared as his government, which is up for re-election in May, asked the global community to isolate Pakistan. "Both sides are in undiscovered country". Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based militant group, claimed responsibility.

"World history tells us that that there are miscalculations in wars".

"It is up to India now to go the way we have gone".

As tensions mounted, commercial flights were suspended across Pakistan and a swath of northwestern India.

Vistara, an Indian airline, wrote that "due to airspace restrictions", flights in the cities of Srinagar, Jammu, Amritsar and Chandigarh were on hold.

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