War clouds gather over Pakistan, India as other nations urge calm

Pakistan military 'shoots down' two Indian aircraft

Pakistan retaliated by shooting down an Indian MiG-21 aircraft and capturing a pilot, while India said it downed a Pakistani jet. The region is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety. The attack, which killed 40 Indian soldiers, is the deadliest in several decades.

Pakistan and India have disputed control of Muslim majority Pakistan since the two nations became independent from the United Kingdom in 1947.

The official says the incident occurred after at least three Pakistan combat jets entered India-administered Kashmir airspace.

The attack targeted the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant, the group that claimed credit for the suicide attack.

The aircraft went down Wednesday morning in Kashmir, a mountainous region claimed by both India and Pakistan since nearly immediately after their creation in 1947.

All global and domestic flights operations across Pakistan stand suspended on Thursday, said the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a televised address that the two sides could not afford a miscalculation "given the weapons we have".

"It is your turn now to wait and get ready for our surprise".

Pakistan army says Indian jets intruded airspace
An actual strike in that area would be significant since it is not in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, but in Pakistan proper. He said that Pakistan was ready to go extra mile for peace but will give a befitting response to any Indian aggression.

On Wednesday morning, the response ostensibly arrived.

Major General Asif Ghafoor told a press conference that Pakistani troops on the ground captured two pilots, one of whom was injured.

If the video is to be believed, then the blindfolded man wearing military apparel is Abhinandan Varthaman.

Targeting Pakistan, MEA said, "it is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its worldwide obligation & bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistan has acted with aggression against India". That year also saw an Indian fighter jet shoot down a Pakistani naval aircraft, killing all 16 on board.

Iran called on India and Pakistan to show "self-restraint" and make "optimal use of all diplomatic mechanisms in order to resolve their disputes peacefully". In another recent example, from September 2016, India claimed that "surgical strikes" destroyed militant facilities over "the line of control" that separates India-held and Pakistan-held areas of Kashmir from each other.

Airlines like Qatar Airways issued a statement on Wednesday wherein it asserted that due to the ongoing situation on the India-Pakistan border, its flights to the airports in Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar and, Sialkot stand temporarily suspended. The BBC concluded that: "There is no conclusive evidence to prove either side's claims-the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle".

"It is aimed to demoralise the forces and people", they said.

India's UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told Reuters on Wednesday: "Our efforts are focused on countering terrorism and we are working with many global partners in pursuit of that objective".

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