New Delhi: As the tension between India and Pakistan escalated further on Wednesday, India shot down Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) F-16 in Lam Valley, Nowshera, after it along with two other jets violated Indian airspace along Line of Control (LoC). Meanwhile, Pakistan has claimed to have shot down two Indian military aircraft over Pakistani air space and arrested two pilots. However, there was no official confirmation from the Indian government. To follow minute-by-minute updates on the India-Pakistan standoff, catch Live Streaming on Zee News.
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Earlier in the day, at least three Pakistani jets violated the Indian air space and entered border areas Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by Indian aircraft. According to reports, the Pakistani jets dropped bombs near security establishments. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage. (Eight Airports Closed Amid Escalating Tension Between India, Pakistan: Full List)
Claiming to have undertaken strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) from Pakistani airspace, the Pakistani foreign office in a statement said, “Sole purpose of this action was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self-defence. We do not wish to escalate but are fully prepared if forced into that paradigm.”
The incident comes a day after 12 Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force struck Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest terror camp at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan in retaliation to Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed on February 14.