Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Pakistan does not want to go 'towards war' with India — Military spokesman

Pakistan does not want to go 'towards war' with India — Military spokesman

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to convene the National Command Authority on Wednesday to discuss Islamabad's response to the incursions by Indian warplanes. "Let's sit together to talk to find a solution", Khan said.

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The Pakistani foreign office also released a statement saying that the air force "undertook strikes" across the border, known as the Line of Control, Wednesday - however it did not elaborate on what it meant by "strikes" and did not mention shooting down planes.

Pakistan responded by shutting down its civilian airspace.

While addressing a press conference an hour after his tweet, Maj Gen Ghafoor said that another pilot has been arrested.

Then, Indian police said that an Indian jet had had crashed in Indian Kashmir, killing two pilots and a civilian. He had said earlier that two pilots were captured, but did not explain the discrepancy.

Ravish Kumar, the ministry spokesperson, also stresses need to "ascertain the facts" amid competing narratives with Pakistan.

"We have unfortunately lost one MiG-21".

Retired diplomat Lalit Mansingh says a new red line with Pakistan has been drawn, adding that India's policy of strategic restraint "is no longer", according to AP news agency.

Pakistani fighter jets on Wednesday violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by Indian aircraft, senior officials said.

Indian administrator Baseer Khan confirmed that the airport in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, was closed and said it was a "temporary and precautionary measure". The two countries also claimed to have downed teach other's fighter jets.

Witnesses said soldiers fired in the air to keep residents away from the crash site.

Pakistan and India said Wednesday they had shot down each other's warplanes, in a dramatically escalating confrontation that has fuelled concerns of an all-out conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals.

"Based on credible evidence that the Jaish-e-Mohammed meant to launched more terrorist attacks in India, India carried out the air strikes", Kumar said.

Tuesday's pre-dawn strike by India was its first inside of Pakistan since the two nations' 1971 war over territory that later became Bangladesh.

"The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side", he told a briefing. "But Pakistan responded this morning by using its air force to target military installations on this side".

China Wednesday again urged the two sides to "exercise restraint". In Pakistan's part of Kashmir, hundreds of villagers fled border towns.

"The Indian Army retaliated for effect and our focused fire resulted in severe destruction to five posts and number of casualties", the spokesman said.

"Following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj to emphasize our close security partnership and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region", the U.S. State Department said in the statement on behalf of Pompeo.

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.

Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in a suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, sparking outrage in the country.

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