Srinagar: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet that reportedly violated Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistan Air Force’s jet was shot down in retaliatory firing by India 3 km within Pakistan territory in Lam Valley. (Live updates on India-Pak standoff)
Following the strike, a parachute was seen. As of yet, there is no information on the condition of pilot. Meanwhile, the operations at Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Leh airports have been suspended.
Meanwhile in the national capital, a high-level meeting is underway under chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh at North block. The NSA, RAW chief, Home Secretary and other officials are present at the meeting. NSA Ajit Doval has apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation.
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.
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.”
“This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. 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,” it added.
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.