Pakistan and India said Wednesday they had shot down each other’s warplanes, in a dramatic escalation of the dangerous confrontation between the nuclear-armed rivals.
Pakistan said it downed two Indian jets in its airspace and captured two pilots, but insisted it does not ‘want to go towards war’ with its neighbour.
India confirmed the loss of one of its planes and said it had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet, in a conflict played out over the skies of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
In a sign of the deepening crisis, Pakistan closed its airspace ‘until further notice’. At least six airports were shuttered in India, and a vast area of airspace north of New Delhi was closed to civilian flights.
Much Allahu Akkbarring…
Indian airforce's Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman was LUCKY that Pakistan army troops got to him in time. Few minutes delay on their part, and he would have been lynched by Angry Azad Kashmiri civilians. #PakistanStrikesBack #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/RLJYMjq6ju
— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) February 27, 2019