Pakistan fighter jet shot down: Indian Air Force has shot down Pakistani F-16 fighter jet after it violated the Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. IAF also pushed back Pakistan aircraft, multiple reports confirm. India has activated its Air Defence System and its radars are on high vigil to thwart any aggression from Pakistan. On Tuesday. Pakistan Army Spokesperson warned India to wait for a surprise response after Indian Air Force bombed three terror camps across the LoC. India has also cancelled all commercial flights in many areas as a preventive measure. The situation between India and Pakistan continues to be tense as world community as appealed to exercise “restrain”. Stay tuned with as we bring to you the latest updates:
12:04 am: Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 that violated Indian air space shot down in Indian retaliatory fire 3km inside Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector
11:47 am: Rajnath Singh holding high-level meeting after Pakistani jets violate Indian air space
11:30 am: India forces Pakistan jets to retreat as IAF Mig crashes after technical snag
11:24 am: India puts multi commercial airlines on hold
11:23 am: IAF aircraft crashes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam
11:22 am: Pakistani jets were forced to retreat after Indian aircraft chased them
11:21 am: According to the PTI report, the Pakistani fighter jets dropped bombs on way out
11:20 am: Pakistani fighter jets on Wednesday violated Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, news agency PTI reported quoting officials.
After an air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on a terrorist camp in Balakot, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called a meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA) on Wednesday. NCA controls the country’s nuclear arsenal. Imran Khan has also called a joint meeting of Parliament.
According to Pakistan Police, mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir have struck homes, killing six civilians and wounding several others amid increasing tensions between the two South Asian nuclear rivals.
In a pinpointed and swift air strike that lasted less than two minutes, India pounded Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp in Pakistan early Tuesday, killing up to 350 terrorists and trainers who were moved there for their protection after the Pulwama attack, officials said.
The pre-dawn operation described as “non-military” and “preemptive” struck a five-star resort-style camp on a hilltop forest that provided a dozen Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the IAF with a “sitting duck target” and caught the terrorists in their sleep, sources said.
After the 1971 war, the strike is the first by the IAF inside Pakistan.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following the situation in the subcontinent where the Indian Air Force struck a terrorist base inside Pakistan territory and is calling for “maximum restraint” by both countries, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday.
Guterres is on his way back to New York from Geneva and Dujarric told reporters, “I spoke to the Secretary-General not long ago, before he boarded his plane. He is obviously following the situation very closely and reiterates his urgent appeal to both the government of India and the government of Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate”.
Asked about reports that there were 350 casualties, Dujarric said, “We don’t have any information on possible casualties. We have seen different press reports.”
India has not officially given a number for those killed at the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) base in Pakistan’s Balakot beyond a statement by Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale that “a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated”.