Nuclear weapons bring chill to India-Pakistan strikes

Nuclear weapons bring chill to India-Pakistan strikes

Nuclear weapons bring chill to India-Pakistan strikes

"Both are under arrest, and we are treating them with dignity", Ghafoor said.

"We don't want to go on the path of war", he said.

The Pakistani military says the aircraft had entered its airspace, while India accused Pakistan of intruding on its territory in the disputed area of Kashmir.

"We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if force into that paradigm", the foreign ministry said. He reads aloud his military identification number, and asks his captors if he is in the custody of the Pakistani army.

Pakistan shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace in Kashmir on Wednesday, a military spokesman said, adding that one Indian pilot had been captured. At least one private Indian airliner, Vistara, said airspace across north India had been closed and flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu have been put on hold.

Pakistan's military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said the pilot was being "treated as per norms of military ethics". A terse Indian announcement that a pilot was missing only heightened the suspense before his video recorded statement emerged. As recently as November, Pakistan Khan spoke of "mending ties" with India.

Kumar said Wednesday's clash began when Pakistan targeted military installations on the Indian side of Kashmir with airstrikes.

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Old picture of Wing Commander Abhinandan. "If this escalates, things will no longer be in my control or in Modi's", the prime minister said.

The government in New Delhi justified the airstrikes on Pakistan's territory by claiming that Islamabad doesn't do anything to combat terrorists. Images of an Indian plane with burning debris were showed repeatedly.

Kashmir is a mountainous region on the border of India and Pakistan, both of which have claimed ownership of it for decades. "Pakistan will be forced to retaliate with nuclear weapons, which could, of course, lead to very serious destruction in the region", he said. It called the targeting of civilian areas "deplorable" and said such cease-fire violations could lead to a "strategic miscalculation". The group has claimed responsibility for a February 14 bombing in Kashmir that killed around 40 Indian soldiers and reignited simmering tensions between these two longtime rivals. It was the deadliest attack in 30 years of conflict and protests, and it was claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called Wednesday for peace talks between the two nations. Pakistan said Indian warplanes dropped bombs near the Pakistani town of Balakot but there were no casualties.

"So far there are no (civilian) casualties but there is panic among people", said Rahul Yadav, the deputy commissioner of the Poonch district where some of the shelling took place. "We must not talk about this".

An Indian air force plane crashed in India-administered Kashmir on Wednesday according to an Indian official. "Now the worldwide diplomatic community should exert maximum pressure on Pakistan so this situation does not spiral". That'd make a third round of escalation, raising the possibility of an all-out spiral that'd quickly risk taking the two countries close to the low nuclear threshold that exists between them thanks to Pakistan's aggressive nuclear strategy and battlefield nuclear weapons.

"What we saw today is the beginning, and things could move to war". The Srinagar airport, which was shut along with two other airports for civilian flights in the region, is also an air force station.

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