Confrontation Escalates Between India, Pakistan

Mr Ul Haq said: "I think we are more concerned than the rest of the world".

Global airlines that normally transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace have been forced to reroute, including flights by Singapore Airlines, Finnair, British Airways, Aeroflot, and Air India, according to online portal flightradar24.com which tracks the movement of planes globally. One of the first videos that emerged shows the blindfolded pilot, wearing military apparel. In a separate clip, an injured pilot is being transported in a vehicle.

Pakistan says Indian warplanes dropped bombs near the town of Balakot but there were no casualties.

It is not known what caused the crash, however India media is reporting the aircraft's downing in Budgam was caused by a "technical fault". The plane reportedly crashed on the Pakistani territory.

"One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area", he added, without elaborating. We don't know what will come from this. Numerous nations have issued statements calling on both sides to practice restraint, in the meantime.

Islamabad has the option to downscale its military response and instead give armed groups a free run to attack targets in India.

Indian news reports also said airports in the Indian portion of Kashmir closed for civilian traffic shortly after the air force jet crashed in the area.

In a text message sent to foreign correspondents in India, a spokesperson for India's Ministry of External Affairs called the videos "vulgar" and suggested they violate "all norms of worldwide humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention".

In New Delhi, Indian officials said Wednesday at least five of their soldiers were wounded in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier. If India carries out a counterattack, most likely using attack aircraft once again, the two sides could find themselves in an unpredictable conflict escalation, unless of course Pakistan decides to back off at that point.

The latest escalation marks a sudden turnaround in relations between the two countries, that both claim Kashmir in full but rule in part. "If this escalates, it will no longer be in my control or" Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's.

The ministry made no mention of earlier remarks by Khan, who implored India to help deescalate the situation between the historical enemies.

"Pakistan must do everything possible to implement its own proscription of Jaish-e-Mohammed". Hundreds of villagers fled border towns in both India and Pakistan.

Earlier this morning, Pakistan chose to respond to India's air raid by carrying out air raids in Indian-administered Kashmir.

"It does appear to strengthen Modi's hand heading into elections", Ayres said.

Bahrain's Gulf Air said it had suspended all fights to and from Pakistan due to closure of airspace while low-priced carrier flydubai said it is reviewing its schedule. He said India was still "ascertaining" whether its pilot was in Pakistan's custody. "The upside is that it's likely that neither side will go up the escalation ladder following this attack".

Pakistan's airstrikes come after India launched an airstrike on what it said was a militant training base.

  • Joey Payne