Pakistan says it shot down two Indian air force jets, captured pilot

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Indian media reports say that two pilots were killed when a Mig 21 plane crashed in Occupied Kashmir's Budgam District.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman said its country's forces shot down a Pakistani fighter jet, adding that one of its own warplanes was also shot down in air battles on Wednesday, and the pilot of the missing Indian plane was missing in action. "Let's sit together to talk to find a solution", Khan said.

The incursion into the Pakistani air space follows a series of threats by Indian political and military leadership following the attack on an Indian Army convoy at Pulwama by a local youth, in reaction to the oppression unleashed by the occupational forces. He appeared in good health as he was questioned about his hometown, his aircraft and his mission.

Uzair Younus, a South Asia director at the Washington-based consultancy Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, said: "While details of the attack remain murky, we are already seeing India claiming a massive success, while Pakistan is downplaying the true extent of the damages".

India said one of its air force planes was "lost".

Pakistan responded by shutting down its civilian airspace.

Both India and the USA see Pakistan as providing safe haven for terrorist groups and point to the fact that the leadership of groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the Mumbai attacks in 2008, still live freely in Pakistan.

In response to a question, Major General Ghafoor said, "Pakistan is not pushing for war". Two were shot down, he said.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Meanwhile, civil administrator Baseer Khan confirmed that the airport in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, was closed and said it was a "temporary and precautionary measure".

India's ANI news agency reported that a Pakistan F-16 that had violated Indian airspace was shot down 3 kilometers within Pakistan territory in Lam Valley.

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And it's this sense of incompleteness that has driven Pakistani policy and helped drive Pakistan's claim to Kashmir.

On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force said it carried out military strikes on "militant bases" in Pakistan.

The aerial attacks across the LoC are the first since a war between the two countries in 1971.

Islamabad, while denying the Indian strike caused any major damage or casualties, had vowed to retaliate - fueling fears of a unsafe confrontation in South Asia.

Both armies accused the other of shelling villages and opposition army posts across the line of control that separates Indian and Pakistani controlled Kashmir.

The latest wave of tensions erupted after a pre-dawn strike by Indian aircraft Tuesday on Pakistani territory. In Pakistan's part of Kashmir, hundreds of villagers fled border towns.

The aerial incidents took place hours after Pakistan said at least four people were killed during a mortar attack by Indian troops across the heavily militarized Line of Control.

"I also encouraged both Ministers to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity", he said.

In a statement headed "Pakistan strikes back", the foreign ministry said the action was not retaliation " to continued Indian belligerence".

"Can we afford any miscalculation with the kind of weapons that we have and you have?" the prime minister said, alluding to the nuclear arsenal of both the countries and asking: "If escalation begins from here, where will it go?"

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