Military spokesman: Pakistan does not want to go 'towards war' with India

General view of a site after Indian warplanes dropped bombs in Pakistan's Balakot

General view of a site after Indian warplanes dropped bombs in Pakistan's Balakot

"We encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after speaking with his counterparts from both countries.

This is the first time in history that two nuclear powers launch air strikes at each other.

Pakistan has conducted airstrikes over the ceasefire line in disputed Kashmir and claims to have shot down two Indian jets that responded by entering Pakistani airspace, capturing one of the pilots.

"In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21".

Pakistan, however, disputed the claim, saying that India was "lying" and that no casualties occurred from the attacks.

After the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, the United States warned Islamabad to not resort to any military action and instead take action against terrorists.

The dramatic escalation has ignited fears of an all-out conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces Major General Asif Ghafoor said the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian Air Force planes today morning.

SSP of Budgam told ANI that an aircraft had fallen.

"Both are under arrest, and we are treating them with dignity", Ghafoor said.

"Both countries have the capability and capacity, but war is actually the failure of policy, which India needs to understand", he said. In New Delhi, Indian officials said Wednesday at least five of their soldiers were wounded in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier. "We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation". "It would neither remain in my control nor in Narendra Modi's".

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) after striking down two Indian fighter jets has arrested two of the pilots, who ejected themselves after being hit in the airspace of Pakistan in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

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"No country can allow another country to carry out action in its territory", the prime minister said, adding that he had spoken to the army and air force chiefs after the Indian "uncalled-for aggression" but chose to wait before retaliation as "we didn't have complete details of damage or casualties". Pakistan has played down the incident.

Pakistan says Indian warplanes dropped bombs near the town of Balakot but there were no casualties.

"Sole objective being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence".

A map of the Kashmir region.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has shut down domestic and global flights operating from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports, ANI reported.

Tensions have been elevated since a suicide auto bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically after India's air strike on Tuesday.

The aircraft was brought down in Jhangar area of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri sector, officials in the Indian Army said. We have found 2 bodies so far and have evacuated them.

In a sign that the USA backs India's tough action in bombing a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) base in Pakistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described it as "counter-terrorism actions" and emphasised the "close security partnership" between the two countries.

She said: "This was in some way you could consider it to be a retaliatory action for the aggression that was imposed on Pakistan in the early hours of the morning yesterday".

On Wednesday, Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj defended the attack on JeM training camps. So the resolve of just these three countries can not fight it. "We need global cooperation".

On Wednesday, Pakistan announced that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had sought out United Nations assistance to help de-escalate tensions with India.

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