Pakistan ignores India's request to send back IAF pilot by air

Pakistan shot down an Indian MiG-21 jet and captured its pilot and India took down a Pakistani military aircraft after India attacked militants in its traditional Muslim-dominated rival.

A convoy of Central Reserve Police Force carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber on 14 February at Lethpora (near Awantipora) in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Air Vice Marshal R J K Kapoor, an Indian Air Force spokesman, said the force was "extremely happy and looks forward to the return of the Indian pilot".

Also, on 28 February, Pakistan announced that it would release the captured Wing Commander on 1 March as a "gesture of peace".

India has half a million troops in the part it administers, with militants - backed by Islamabad, according to New Delhi - fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Image copyright Pakistan Information Ministry (ISPR) Image caption Pakistan says the Indian pilot, named as as Wing Commander Abhinandan, is being treated well What happened to the pilot?

In retaliation, India on Tuesday carried "pre-emptive" strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot during wee hours. Pakistan retaliated, shooting down two Indian aircraft on Wednesday and capturing a pilot.

Authorities in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir closed all schools and educational institutions in the region and are urged parents to keep their children at home amid mounting tension with neighbouring India.

"India will fight as one, India will win as one", Modi said.

"We see it as a gesture in consonance with the Geneva Conventions, " he said. He had tweeted that while one of these pilots was in Pakistan armed forces' custody, the other had been admitted to the hospital.

Passengers pass their time after Thai Airways cancelled all flights to and from Europe as a result of the India-Pakistan conflict.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed Asian nations escalated this week, with their militaries skirmishing following an Indian Air Force strike on a suspected terrorist stronghold in the contested region of Kashmir. "[But] do not confuse our desire for de-escalation as [our] weakness", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told his parliament. "If that's a crime, I am ready to go to jail", Balakrishnan told the media. Two of them were over the ownership of Kashmir, which the two sides claim in its entirety.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is "very unwell", adding that Islamabad is open to "any step" that will lead to a de-escalation of tensions with India.

  • Leroy Wright