JeM chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan, admits Foreign Minister Qureshi

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The IAF officer was captured on Wednesday after his MiG-21 Bison fighter jet was hit during an air combat with Pakistan Air Force jets near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and he landed on the other side of the LoC.

Local police official Mohammad Altaf says six people, including children, were killed Wednesday in Kotli village in Pakistan's part of Kashmir, which is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety. "Though it is a daunting task to accommodate stranded passengers, PIA management will facilitate all its passengers and will take care of them", he said. Officials had previously said two pilots had been captured and one had been taken to hospital.

Queried about why has Pakistan not arrested Azhar, despite the fact that the JeM has been labelled a terrorist organisation which causes "incredible tension between the two highly armed neighbours", the Minister said: "If they (India) give us evidence which is acceptable to the courts of Pakistan..."

In New Delhi the announcement of the experienced pilot's release was seen as a diplomatic victory, but India warned that its military remained on "heightened" alert.

Pakistani Air Force jets violated Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri sector on Wednesday morning and attempted to target Indian military installations, but missed their targets.

Subsequently, the Pakistan PM Imran Khan, in his address to the parliament, announced that Pakistan will be releasing the "Indian pilot" as a peace gesture. India again refute the claim, saying only one of their pilots has been captured. Indian Air Force has asked airlines to stop operations at key airports in view of the rising tensions with Pakistan. "We expect Turkey to play its due role in urging Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism", Bhattacharyya said.

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Pakistan's military later circulated a video of a man with a mustache who identified himself as the Indian pilot, sipping tea and responding to questions, mostly by saying, "You know I can't answer that".

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Islamabad denies any of its aircraft were shot down. We want to live in peace. Government buildings in Muzafarabad, the capital of the Pakistan-controlled section of Kashmir, were used to provide shelter to those who fled from border towns.

Kashmir has been divided but claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan since nearly immediately after the two countries' creation in 1947.

But India made it clear that the latest escalation has changed its strategy and that going forward, it will strike, including inside Pakistan, if they get information of an attack in the planning.

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