Pakistan claims shooting down 2 Indian fighter jets

"To avoid further military action, this is a risky cycle of escalation", Senator Payne said.

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Senator Payne said "the cycle of escalation.is very risky for all concerned".

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The External Affairs Minsiry had summoned Shah to South Block after Pakistan Air Force's fighter jets violated Indian air space several times on Wednesday.

Pakistan said its air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir, and that one Indian pilot was captured on Wednesday.

The pilot has been listed as "missing in action" by Indian officials.

With Pakistan closing its air space, Air Canada has temporarily suspended service to India, reported ANI on Wednesday.

India has demanded the release of a fighter pilot shot down by Pakistan warplanes in a major escalation between the two nuclear powers over Kashmir.

Pakistan on Wednesday claimed to have captured two Indian pilots, and one of them has been identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, son of a retired IAF official, and had stayed with his parents in Shillong.

Pakistani soldiers patrol in the area where Indian planes launched a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday inside Pakistan. "Both sides are in undiscovered country".

Addressing his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in a televised speech, Khan said: "Better sense should prevail". "We don't want war, India. We will see what will happen next", Maj General Asif Ghafoor said in a news conference.

Fighter jets patrolled the skies above Srinagar, the capital of disputed Kashmir, throughout Tuesday night as India and Pakistan traded mortar fire a few hundred miles away at the ceasefire border.

Indian jets conducted an air strike on "terror camps" according to a minister. War songs were played, commentators praised the Pakistan military and shouts of "God is greatest" could be heard.

Ghafoor, the Pakistani military spokesman, said the strikes were aimed at "avoiding human loss and collateral damage". He also called on Pakistan to take "meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".

A map of the Kashmir region.

Indian officials acknowledged that one of its planes had gone missing. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K [Azad Jammu and Kashmir] while other fell inside IoK [Indian occupied Kashmir].

It came just 24 hours after Indian carried out an attack on what it says was a militant camp in Pakistan in revenge for a suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian troops in Kashmir. He also discredited Indian media reports of Wednesday morning's incident. "There is no need to panic", the Cyberabad Commissioner said in a message.

Mark Martin, founder and chief executive at Martin Consulting India, said about 800 flights a day use the India-Pakistan air corridor, making it "very critical".

In an address to the nation, Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan said he was ready to sit down and talk with India in order to avoid any "miscalculations" following air strikes by both sides.

"During the attack, great care was taken to ensure the general public was not harmed. We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation", the statement added.

  • Leroy Wright