Pakistan shot down two Indian Air Force aircraft after they crossed into its airspace, the army said. The incident comes amid an ongoing border crisis between the two nuclear powers.
The Pakistani Air Force downed “two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace” after they crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the army’s spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, tweeted.
“One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” he wrote.
According to the spokesperson, one aircraft fell inside the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, while the other went down inside the territory controlled by India. Ghafoor later stated in a press briefing that two pilots were “recovered and provided all necessary medical treatment.”
A video, released by Radio Pakistan, shows what appears to be an arrested pilot blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back.
Islamabad also claimed it conducted airstrikes into Indian-held Kashmir.
At the same time, media had reported on an Indian Mi-17 military helicopter crashing inside the Indian-controlled area of Kashmir. It is not clear if it was one of the aircraft downed by Pakistan.
There were also reports of India shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet. However, Islamabad dismissed them as false.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Pakistani Army stated that the military was acting “purely in self-defense.”
“War is no solution. The people of both nations deserve to live in peace,” Asif Ghafoor said.
Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, while on a trip to China, stated New Delhi wishes to avoid any “further escalation of the situation” and will “continue to act with responsibility and restraint.”
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated dramatically on Wednesday with reports of cross-border shelling along the Line of Control in Kashmir. Pakistani officials said that at least four civilians were killed from mortar fire. The Indian Army said that five of its soldiers were wounded during the shelling from Pakistan.
On Tuesday, New Delhi sent a dozen jets to bomb what it said were terrorist camps on Pakistani soil. It was the first time since 1971, when the Indian Air Force crossed the LoC. Islamabad said that the raid failed to produce any damage on the ground and vowed to respond to any “misadventures” along the border with India.