ISLAMABAD: Two Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft were shot down on Wednesday by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Indian targets across the Line of Control (LoC) were struck by Pakistani fighter jets from within friendly airspace as the country’s armed forces struck back after unprovoked Indian aggression a day earlier.
The military spokesperson said the Indian aircraft crossed the LoC, the PAF retaliated and two Indian aircraft were shot down in Pakistani airspace.
The military spokesperson confirmed that there was only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody, who is being treated as per norms of military ethics. He had earlier hinted at capturing two IAF pilots.
The wreckage of one of the IAF jets fell within Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) while the second fell in occupied Kashmir.
‘No intention of escalation’
The Foreign Office (FO) said the sole purpose of the airstrikes on Indian military targets in occupied Kashmir was to demonstrate the country’s right, will and capability of self-defence.
“Sole purpose being 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.”
The FO statement added it was why Pakistan “undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight”.
“For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call ‘a new normal’ a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whateer pretext they wish on a given day. If India is striking at so called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan.”
“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 asserted.