- Two India force fighter jets have been shot down by Pakistani forces
- Pakistan has since denied intentions to cause harm to India
- According to military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor the strikes targeted "open spaces" in Northern India
- India launched similar air raids in Pakistani territory, with Pakistani
Pakistani forces have shot down two India force fighter jets after launching air strikes at six targets in Kashmir – a state in Northern India.
According to reports, the attacks were launched because Indian air forces had infiltrated Pakistani airspaces on Wednesday, February 27.
The attacks came a day after India launched similar air raids in Pakistani territory, with Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor confirming two Indian air force pilots were taken into custody.
Amid fears that the attacks may escalate into a full-blown war between the two warring sides, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for talks with India as a way to quell further tension.
"History tells us that wars are full of miscalculation. My question is that given the weapons we have can we afford miscalculation. We should sit down and talk,” Khan said in a publicized Television statement.
Ghafoor subtly played down the strikes, saying they had fired six targets in the Indian-administered Kashmir which only hit “open spaces”.
This, according to the Pakistani general, was to send a statement to India that they were capable of initiating strikes.
“The sole purpose was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self-defence,We have no intention of escalation but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm." A statement from the Pakistani foreign office stated.
Ghafoor went on to express willingness to engage in talks with India, rather than escalate the strikes.
By Wednesday, several airports in Northern India remained closed as a precautionary measure. It was a similar situation in Pakistan as airspace for commercial flights were closed till further notice.
Both India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed states who have both claimed the infamous Kashmir although both nations only control part of the state.
Since independence from Britain and partition in 1947, the two nations have fought three wars.
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