shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace, confirmed the Inter
Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday.
Pakistani fighter jets entered the Indian airspace on Wednesday, the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) confirmed. “This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage,” said an official statement issued by the Foreign Office.
’We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight.’
Pakistan had warned
of a military reaction on Tuesday after the Indian violation of the Line of
Control (LoC) — the highly disputed de facto border between the two
nuclear-capable neighbors — where Indian jets entered about 4 km inside
Pakistani airspace and released the payload, as both sides confirmed.
“In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF [Indian Air Force] crossed LOC. PAF [Pakistan Air Force] shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace,” Pakistan army spokesperson Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said in statement posted on Twitter.
“One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” the statement added.
“The [Pakistani] jets entered into Indian air space over Nowshera sector this morning,” the Indian media also reported.
Maj. Gen. Ghafoor, on Tuesday, addressed a press conference and said Pakistan will “surprise” India. The prime minister alerted the armed forces, all elements of national power, and the 207 million population of Pakistan to “get ready for any eventuality,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has also called a meeting of the National Command Authority on Wednesday, However, the official hand out released by the MoFA reads that Pakistan retains “reciprocal rights to retaliate” against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan.
“We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation,” the statement further read.