'Trigger-Happy' Elements in India & Pakistan May Ratchet Conflict Up - Activist

NEW DELHI India’s foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar refuses to entertain questions as foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale leaves the room on Tuesday after briefing the media about the Indian Air Force action inside Pakistani territory
'Trigger-Happy' Elements in India & Pakistan May Ratchet Conflict Up - Activist
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28 February, 2019

The spokesman for the Pakistan Armed Forces, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, announced the news and said that they had arrested one of the pilots.

He told a news conference: "This was not retaliation in true sense, but to tell Pakistan has the capability, we can do it, but we want to be responsible, we don't want an escalation, we don't want a war".

The Pakistani channel quoting its sources said a passenger airplane was stopped from taking off from Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar on the orders of Civil Aviation Authority.

Local officials on the Pakistani side said at least four people had been killed and seven wounded, though it was unclear if the casualties were civilian or military.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman said its country's forces shot down a Pakistani fighter jet, adding that one of its own warplanes was also shot down in air battles on Wednesday, and the pilot of the missing Indian plane was missing in action.

Earlier, Pakistan reported that its Air Force on Wednesday shot down two Indian aircraft in Pakistan's airspace.

Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Indian planes engaged with Pakistan jets and brought one of them down.

Airlines flying over India and Pakistan to Europe, the Middle East and Asia were disrupted and some flights were routed through Mumbai on India's western coast, so they could head further south and avoid Pakistan air space, an Indian government official told Reuters.

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On the other hand, this terror attack also had a major impact in Bollywood wherein Pakistan celebrities are strictly banned from entering the Indian Entertainment Industry.

It was India's first air strike on Pakistani soil since the neighbours fought a war in 1971.

Air Canada also cancelled a Delhi-bound flight from Vancouver and has temporarily suspended service to India, a spokesperson said in an email. Though Pakistani and Indian troops in Kashmir often trade fire, the latest civilian casualties came a day after tensions escalated sharply following a pre-dawn airstrike and incursion by India on Tuesday that New Delhi said targeted a terrorist training camp in northwestern Pakistan.

Raveesh Kumar, the spokesman of Ministry of External Affairs in India, said that the country conducted the airstrike "based on credible evidence that JeM meant to launch more attacks". - Pakistan said on February 27.

Three of a family were among those martyred in the Indian firing.

Pakistan has denied involvement in the attack but vowed to respond to any Indian military operation against it.

Tensions have been growing since a suicide auto bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14.

Moments earlier, Indian media confirmed an Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander is in Pakistan's custody.

India had claimed that "several terrorists" were killed in a "preemptive action" on a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a group that had been listed as terrorist organization by Islamabad in 2002.


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