PAF's Jets that breached the Indian Air Space shot down
Followed by the surgical strike 2.0 on the Jaish-e-Mohammed Terror Camps by the Indian Air Force(IAF) on the early hours of yesterday’s morning, Pakistan Airlines tried to intrude into the Indian air space this morning.
Pakistani Jets violated the Indian Air Space and entered into the Poonch and Nowshera sectors in Rajouri District, Jammu & Kashmir. The Jets have also dropped bombs near the Indian Army post reportedly. However, Indian Jets on Air Patrol succeeded in pushing backing the Pakistan Fighter Jets.
PAF’s F-16 jet, one of the jets that breached the India air space was brought down in the Indian territory itself from which a parachute was seen and the where and how’s of the pilot are unknown. Also, an Indian Air Force fighter jet crashed in J&K's Budgam area. The jet crashed in an open field near Grand Kalaan village in Budgam around 10 am this morning.
Meanwhile, Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson of Pakistan armed forces, tweeted that they have arrested one of the Indian pilots after bringing down two of the Indian jets. “In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while others fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on the ground while two in the area,” read his tweet on the official Twitter handle of Pakistan Armed Force.
Airports in Leh, Jammu, Srinagar and Pathankot were closed for civilian air traffic and are kept on high alert. Several commercial flights have been kept on hold due to security reasons including the services from Amritsar airport.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj discussed the establishment of UN-led Global Counter-Terrorism Mechanism with Chinese and Russian counterparts in China today. Chinese External Affairs Minister Wang Yi extended cooperation to de-root terrorism.