Captured Indian pilot praises Pakistani forces
PAKISTAN says it shot down two Indian warplanes today in its airspace in Kashmir in a terrifying escalation of tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries.
Military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said the Pakistan air force had shot down the jets after they crossed the border while two pilots have been captured.
One of the captured pilots is in custody while the other is being treated in hospital, Pakistani authorities have confirmed.
This comes after India carried out air strikes against Pakistani militants yesterday in Balakot – located in a remote valley in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The strikes followed a suicide bomb attack on February 14, involving a car packed with explosives, on an Indian security convoy in Pulwama which left 40 soldiers dead.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said members of the Islamabad-linked militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) – which claimed responsibility for the assault – were targeted in the air strikes.
Today Major Ghafoor confirmed via Twitter that Pakistan had responded by gunning down the two planes.
He said: “PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace”…
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