Pakistan PM calls for dialogue with India after jets shot down

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

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

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was holding a high level meeting to assess the security situation in the wake of the developments of the morning, including Pakistan claiming that it had shot down two Indian military jets and arrested two pilots. A statement from Pakistan International Airlines, said, "Attention!" Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan's attempts were foiled successfully.

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

The Indian jets intruded into the Pakistani airspace from the Muzaffarabad sector and dropped their payload on what India claimed was a terrorist camp, before they were repelled by timely action from the Pakistan Air Force.

The violence Wednesday marked the most-serious escalation of the long-simmering conflict since 1999, when Pakistan's military sent a ground force into Indian-controlled Kashmir at Kargil. The pilot is missing in action.

India's foreign ministry demanded the "immediate and safe return" of the pilot, calling on Pakistan to ensure no harm comes to him. We are ascertaining the facts.

India has also continued its crackdown on suspected militants operating in Kashmir, a mountainous region that both countries claim in full but rule in part.

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But while India said a large number of JeM fighters had been killed, Pakistani officials said the Indian airstrike was a failure and inflicted no casualties.

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Commercial flight operations of all airports in Pakistan and some northern Indian airports were temporarily suspended amid escalating tensions between the two countries, reports said. "India will continue to act with responsibility and restraint", Sushma Swaraj said during talks in China with her counterparts from Beijing and Moscow.

It also condemned the February 14 suicide auto bombing on a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 44 Indian paramilitary troops, which the Indian government blamed on Pakistan.

The escalation has triggered global alarm, with China and the European Union also calling for restraint.

China Wednesday again urged the two sides to "exercise restraint" and seek dialogue.

Tuesday's pre-dawn strike by India was its first inside of Pakistan since the two nations' 1971 war over territory that later became Bangladesh. Ghafoor, in turn, denied a Pakistani jet had been lost.

Previously, the United States and other members of the global community have acted to defuse tensions.

"The risks of letting this play out are too great".

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