Pakistan Says it Shot Down Indian Jets, Carried Out Airstrikes in Kashmir

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Residents on both sides of the de-factor frontier, the so called Line of Control, said there were exchanges of fire between the two sides through the night.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the three countries have agreed to jointly combat all forms terrorism through closer policy coordination and practical cooperation. India doesn't wish to see further escalation of situation. "Nobody had realised where the wars will go", he added. "We don't want to go towards war", he asserted.

Prior, the Indian Air Force shot down Pakistani F-16 fighter jet after it violated the Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Global airlines that normally transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace have been forced to reroute, including flights by Singapore Airlines, Finnair, British Airways, Aeroflot, and Air India, according to online portal flightradar24.com which tracks the movement of planes globally.

Asked about the damage caused by Indian warplanes in Tuesday's air strike, Kapoor said it was premature to provide details about casualties. A helicopter crash in the region also killed six Indian air force officials and a civilian on the ground. "Our planes locked targets, then in open air we carried out strikes", he continued.

He said Pakistani troops on the ground captured the Indian pilot.

People burn a poster depicting India's flag over what they call airspace violations by Indian military aircraft, in a protest in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday.

Tensions have been elevated since a suicide vehicle bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base. Though Pakistani and Indian troops in Kashmir often trade fire, the latest casualties came a day after tensions escalated sharply following a pre-dawn airstrike and incursion by India that New Delhi said targeted a terrorist training camp in northwestern Pakistan. "India should think about this offer with a cool mind", he added.

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Pakistan has said it was not involved in the attack and was ready to help New Delhi in the investigations.

"Whatever we meant to destroy, we did", he said. "It is necessary that we shouldn't do anything that allows our enemy to raise a finger at us", he said, in his first remarks since the downing of planes on Wednesday. "Let better sense prevail", the prime minister said at the end of his brief speech while directly addressing the Modi administration.

A key meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA) has been underway on Wednesday to decide about Pakistan's response to the Indian aggression, ARY News reported.

The meeting being attended by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), the services chiefs and other officials to discuss the situation.

The director general of the Strategic Plans Division presented a briefing on Pakistan's nuclear capability.

She said the limited objective of India's pre-emptive strike inside Pakistan on a terrorist training camp Tuesday was to act decisively against the terrorist infrastructure of Jaish-e-Mohammad group, to pre-empt another terror attack in India.

The Pakistan military spokesperson stressed, "The state, government, armed forces and people of Pakistan have always conveyed a message of peace to India".

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