India confirms MiG 21 shot down, pilot missing

India confirms MiG 21 shot down, pilot missing

Addressing his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in a televised speech, Khan said: "Better sense should prevail".

The European Union's diplomacy chief, Federica Mogherini, urged both sides to exercise "maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions". "India also expects his immediate and safe return".

And both India and Pakistan laid claim to this border state which abuts both the two countries.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that Pakistani fighter planes crossed at Poonch and Nowshera, two locations on the Indian side of the de facto border, but were repelled.

Pakistan's foreign ministry says the country's Air Force is carrying out airstrikes from within Pakistani airspace across the disputed Kashmir boundary but that this was not in "retaliation to continued Indian belligerence".

Pakistan's information ministry also tweeted what it said was footage of one of the downed Indian jets. The pilot is missing in action. They've told us to stay in line.

Pakistan has denied losing any of its planes.

A CAA source said all airlines had been notified.

Pakistan says it captured two Indian pilots after shooting down two Indian fighter jets over Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The pilot was injured and was being treated at a military hospital, Ghafoor said.

Australia has urged Pakistan and India to avoid further military action as the conflict in Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed neighbours heats up.

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.

Both countries are aware of the risks.

"We still do not want to escalate, we want to follow a path that leads to peace". "Nothing is solved through war and no conflict has ever been settled through war".

"You can't overfly China, so you have to overfly Pakistan and India and go to Southeast Asia and Australia". Which is the way of peace.

"We should sit down and talk", he said.

Gokhale said India lost one warplane in the exchange and declared the pilot missing in action.

Two pilots and at least one civilian were killed, according to the official.

However, Islamabad disputed the claim, saying that while India's warplanes had entered Pakistani airspace, that they were forced to drop their bombs in an empty field after Pakistan Air Force jets were scrambled to intercept them.

On Tuesday, Pakistan began shelling using heavy calibre weapons in 12 to 15 places along the Line of Control, a spokesman for the Indian defence forces said on Wednesday. We ensured no casualties and no collateral damage in the operations we undertook.

It said the strikes were aimed at a "non-military target", adding: "We have no intention of escalation". The Srinagar airport, which was shut along with two other airports for civilian flights in the region, is also an air force station.

Pakistani and Indian troops deployed in Kashmir often trade fire.

Wednesday night flights on the same two same routes were cancelled "as there now are no suitable alternate routings", she said in an email.

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

"France utterly condemns the appalling attack carried out on February 14 against the Indian security forces in Pulwama, for which the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility".

By Wednesday evening, the two top trends on Twitter in India were about the pilot, with many Indians demanding his release under a #BringBackAbhinandan hashtag.

He said Pakistan would cooperate with India in an investigation concerning the suicide vehicle bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14.

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