Kashmir crisis: Indian warplane crashes over disputed region

Kashmir crisis: Indian warplane crashes over disputed region

Kashmir crisis: Indian warplane crashes over disputed region

"We should sit down and talk about differences", he said.

In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force.

At the briefing, Ghafoor produced weapons and identity documents he alleged were carried by the Indian pilots.

Pakistani soldiers stand next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir at Somani area in Bhimbar district near the Line of Control on Wednesday.

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan said India knew it wasn't attacking a terrorist camp and blamed the bombing on "self-serving" politicians.

Pakistan's army spokesman Asif Ghafoor tweeted a photo of the airman and said he was "being treated as per norms of military ethics".

Two pilots and at least one civilian were killed, according to the official.

"We don't want this to escalate to mutually assured destruction", Hali said, while admitting that his nation would be at a disadvantage in an all-out fight.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke separately with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and urged them to avoid "further military activity" following Tuesday's air strike.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

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Senior police officer Munir Ahmed Khan said the chopper crashed close to an airport on Wednesday in Budgam area, in the outskirts of the region's main city of Srinagar.

Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday struck down two Indian fighter jets intruding Pakistani airspace, in a valiant and befitting response to Indian aggression.

On Wednesday, security forces killed two Jaish militants in a gun battle, Indian police said. "One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK [Indian occupied Kashmir]", Pakistan army spokesman Maj.

The incident came after Indian warplanes launched an air strike yesterday against what New Delhi said was a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. New Delhi's broader posture of strategic restraint, however, remains in place-even after its airstrikes against Pakistan.

The latest wave of tensions erupted after a pre-dawn strike by Indian aircraft Tuesday on Pakistani territory.

The two countries have also exchanged volleys of heavy artillery fire.

The statement said Indian troops "retaliated for effect" and claimed to have destroyed five Pakistani posts. It accused Pakistani soldiers of firing mortars and missiles "from civilian houses, using villagers as human shields".

Whether these world powers have enough leverage over Islamabad and New Delhi to restrain them and prevent a major conflict in South Asia remains to be seen.

"It is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its worldwide obligation and bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistan has acted with aggression against India", the MEA stated.

Wednesday's incidents - the worst escalation between the two countries in 40 years - comes after Indian jets carried out strikes against what it said was a training base of the militant group responsible for a bloody suicide bombing almost two weeks ago.

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