Saved from Pakistani mob, downed Indian pilot becomes face of Kashmir crisis

by Garry Watts February 28, 2019, 0:17
Saved from Pakistani mob, downed Indian pilot becomes face of Kashmir crisis

The video appears to be an attempt on the Pakistani front to de-escalate rising tensions between the neighboring countries since the pilot's capture.

On Wednesday, security forces killed two Jaish militants in a gun battle, Indian police said. Yeah, My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan.

The reignited tensions between India and Pakistan were accompanied by air combat and cross-border shelling. "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.

The deadly attack took place in the Pulwama district of the Jammu and Kashmir state on February 14, killing 45 Indian officers.

"PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace", tweeted Major General Asif Ghafoor.

"We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if force into that paradigm", the foreign ministry said. India has asked Pakistan to ensure immediate release and safe return of the pilot. While the Pakistani jet landed in Pakistani territory, India's MiG 21 bison aircraft was shot down by the Pakistani Air Force.

Indian police also said officials recovered six bodies from the wreckage of an Indian air force helicopter that crashed in Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir.

The cause of the crash was unknown. "Pakistan has taken strikes at non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage", the statement said. "One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK [Indian occupied Kashmir]", Pakistan army spokesman Maj.

The government in New Delhi justified the airstrikes on Pakistan's territory by claiming that Islamabad doesn't do anything to combat terrorists.

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Conflict with India could spiral into nuclear war, Pakistan's prime minister has warned, after Islamabad claimed that it shot down two Indian jets, captured two pilots and bombed targets in Kashmir this morning.

"Today, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace", foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said.

Alarm bells have rung in global capitals as the grave situation has escalated in the Indian subcontinent after Pakistan's attempted strike on Indian military installations.

The two countries have also exchanged volleys of heavy artillery fire.

The airman's treatment at the hands of Pakistani troops drew both condemnation and praise, while at his house in southern India supporters gathered to record messages of solidarity.

In New Delhi, Indian officials said Wednesday at least five of their soldiers were wounded in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier.

"Following the closure of the airspace in Pakistan, FlyDubai has advised passengers to check the flight status on", said the spokesman. The bombs were dropped on what Pakistan says was a empty wooded area, but India claims was a training ground for the militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad.

A downed Indian fighter pilot who was attacked by a mob and then paraded on video by Pakistan's army has become a social media sensation and a hero in his homeland amid a spiraling crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbors. As a punitive measure, India withdrew Pakistan's most-favoured nation status and raised customs duties on goods imported from Pakistan to 200 percent.

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