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Pakistani Military Says It Shot Down 2 Indian Warplanes, Capturing Pilots

Pakistani Military Says It Shot Down 2 Indian Warplanes, Capturing Pilots
Indian soldiers near the remains of an Indian aircraft after it crashed on Wednesday.CreditTauseef Mustafa/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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Indian soldiers near the remains of an Indian aircraft after it crashed on Wednesday.CreditCreditTauseef Mustafa/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
By Maria Abi-Habib, Salman Masood and Sameer Yasir
  • Feb. 27, 2019
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NEW DELHI — Pakistan’s military said Wednesday that it shot down two Indian warplanes that had entered Pakistani airspace, capturing two crew members, in an escalation of hostilities just a day after Indian fighter jets crossed the disputed Kashmir region to launch an airstrike within Pakistan.
Pakistan said that earlier on Wednesday, the military conducted its first airstrike against unspecified Indian targets as well, though it said no Pakistani aircraft crossed the border.
The claim by Pakistan’s military was not confirmed by the Indian government. Earlier, Indian officials said that one of the country’s fighter jets had crashed within Indian-controlled Kashmir, with the cause being unclear.
There are fears that tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors could escalate after Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan promised on Tuesday to retaliate for an incursion by Indian jets hours before. Those airstrikes were the first time since 1971 that the Indian Air Force had crossed the Line of Control, the de facto border between the Indian- and Pakistani-held areas of Kashmir, to strike inside Pakistan.
Pakistan’s chief military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, said in a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that Pakistan’s air force had struck six targets inside India, without crossing into the country’s airspace. It was unclear what was struck; Major General Ghafoor described the strikes as being in an open area to make sure there was “no human loss or collateral damage.”
The Indian Air Force responded by entering into Pakistan’s airspace, he added, and two planes were shot down.
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“Our ground forces arrested two pilots; one of them was injured and has been shifted to C.M.H., and he will be taken care of. The other one is with us,” Major General Ghafoor said, using the initials for the Combined Military Hospital complex.
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By Wednesday afternoon, the Indian government shut down the airspace over parts of the country’s north that host military facilities, including Jammu, Srinagar, Amritsar, Leh and Dehradun, according to Rakesh Asthana, the director General of the Bureau of Civil Aviation and Security.
Pakistan also shut down large parts of its airspace, including major airports, according to a notice issued by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Passengers crowded around ticket counters at an airport in Jammu after India closed much of its northern airspace.CreditMukesh Gupta/Reuters

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Passengers crowded around ticket counters at an airport in Jammu after India closed much of its northern airspace.CreditMukesh Gupta/Reuters
Residents and officials of Budgam district, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, said one Indian plane crashed in an open field there at about 10:15 a.m. local time.
“It was an Indian Air Force jet. The jet is completely charred and we have recovered the dead body of the pilot,” said Syed Sehrish Asgar, the deputy commissioner of Budgam district.
Rashid Ahmad Mir, a resident of Budgam, said he heard a loud crash and looked out his window to find smoke billowing out from a nearby field. He rushed to the scene of the flames and found a charred body.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, India’s Air Force entered Pakistan to strike what the government claimed was a training camp belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group in Balakot, Khyber-Pakhtunkwha Province, resulting in “heavy casualties.” But the Pakistani government and residents of the area reached by telephone said the strikes instead struck an open ravine, resulting in minimal damage.
Those strikes were in response to the Feb. 14 suicide bombing by Jaish-e-Mohammed on an Indian paramilitary convoy in Kashmir, which New Delhi vowed to respond to. The suicide bombing killed 40 Indian soldiers, the worst incident in Kashmir in three decades.
Jaish-e-Mohammed is classified as a terrorist group by the United Nations and blacklisted. Although the group is formally banned by Pakistan’s government, American and Indian officials say it operates freely in the country, which Islamabad denies.
In an effort to diffuse tensions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the foreign ministers of both India and Pakistan on Tuesday evening.

“I expressed to both ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost. I also encouraged both ministers to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity,” according to a statement from Mr. Pompeo’s office.
In Pakistan, Mr. Khan said he was meeting with various government bodies on Wednesday to formulate a response to India, including the National Command Authority — the body that oversees the deployment and management of the country’s nuclear arms.
The American government has typically played an important role diffusing tensions between India and Pakistan, shuttling between the two rivals in past flare-ups. But President Trump has soured on Pakistan while drawing closer to India since coming to office in 2017.
Early last year, Mr. Trump cut some $1.3 billion in military assistance to Pakistan because of the country’s support of terrorist groups. Pakistan’s military denies those accusations.
 

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Video of attack near CPEC installation by Baloch fighters in Feb ... ISPR didn't claim any dead


If India returns from its forward positions as & when it does, PA will increase its repression 10 fold over there. In which case the alienation there would increase correspondingly. I just wish India fine tunes it's response in co ordination with Iran with respect to Balochistan. I doubt Iran would favour an independent Balochistan on its borders. It's our task to convince them otherwise. Failing which we ought to pursuade them to provide the Balochis " moral & diplomatic " Support with us picking up the tab.

It's also time PTM follows suit in FATA / KPK. We need to encourage them and pursuade the Afghans to lend them "moral & diplomatic " Support. After all most Pashtuns on both sides of the border have never recognized the Durand Line along with the GoA. It's time they were galvinised into doing so. Also they ought to be pursuade to get rid of the Hindkis in their midst.

Your views @safriz

Now don't get me wrong. I'm neither pro Balochi or Pashto. I'm just stating the facts as any nation inimical to the interests of Pakistan would. Just that, apart from Iron brother you have pretty much alienated all your neighbourhood. Iron brother too is not very happy with you it seems. Wise enemy is better than a foolish friend phenomenon.
 

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SC reserves verdict after Bahria Town ups offer for Karachi land to Rs450bn - DAWN.COM

Supreme court of Pakistan extorting $3 Billions from a Pakistani Businessman, and for this all his sin will be wiped off.

Kangaroo courts of Pakistan, hope foreign investors are watching and taking a note of how you'll be trapped here and everytime Army feels little light on pocket your investment will be hold ransom, so better occupy as much as you can, exploit the system to fullest. Couldn't be a better incentive to be more corrupt and scare foreign business out.
 

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Bomb blast kills 2 in Balochistan

A powerful explosion ripped through a crowded market in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Thursday, killing two persons and injuring seven others.

According to officials, the bomb blast took place in Panjgur district's Chitkan market.

"Two people were killed in the blast on the spot and seven others injured," they said.