Published: Thu, February 28, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Captured pilot Abhinandan underwent training in Hyderabad

Captured pilot Abhinandan underwent training in Hyderabad

Later, India's Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that one MiG 21 was lost and its pilot was missing in action. "The limited objective of the pre-emptive strike was to act decisively against the terrorist infrastructure of the JeM in order to pre-empt another terrorist attack in India".

Hostilities between India and Pakistan have mounted since a terror attack killed 40 paramilitary police in India's Kashmir region on February 14, an attack claimed by a Pakistan-based militant Islamist group. He praises an army captain who saved him from the mob, and says: "I would like to put this on record and I will not change my statement if I go back to my country also, the Pakistani army has looked after me very well and they are thorough gentlemen". UK PM Theresa May said her country is "deeply concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan" and urged "dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability". "My question is that given the weapons we have can we afford miscalculation", he said during a brief televised address.

In conventional terms, India's armed forces are numerically superior in both troops and equipment, making it likely that they would overpower Pakistan's defences if New Delhi ordered a large-scale assault.

United said it would continue to operate its Newark-Mumbai and Newark-Delhi flights Wednesday night, flying around Pakistani airspace, and warned customers they would experience "extended flight times".

This came moments after Pakistani military spokesperson's Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that his country had shot down two Indian aircrafts and captured two pilots.

Pakistan detained Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman following a fierce engagement between air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control in which a Pakistani jet was downed. "To avoid further military action, this is a risky cycle of escalation", Senator Payne said. The Srinagar airport, which was shut along with two other airports for civilian flights in the region, is also an air force station.

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The government in New Delhi justified the airstrikes on Pakistan's territory by claiming that Islamabad doesn't do anything to combat terrorists.

The Pakistani military says the aircraft had entered its airspace, while India accused Pakistan of intruding on its territory in the disputed area of Kashmir.

"Both countries have the capability and capacity, but war is actually the failure of policy, which India needs to understand", he said. India also said that it expects safe and immediate return of its aviator.

But his remarkable composure was met with a stiff silence when he politely asked his interviewer whether he was in custody of Pakistan Army.

"What we saw today is the beginning, and things could move to war. What makes us really good at this is the training we have gone through".

Indian airlines including IndiGo, India's biggest airline by market share, low-priced rival GoAir and full-service carriers Jet Airways and Vistara, a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons, were forced to cancel services to at least six cities in northern India due to airport closures.

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