Two Indian jets downed, pilot captured by friendly forces

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The tension between the two nuclear neighbors has raised after Indian jets intruded into Pakistan's airspace on early Tuesday.

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

"PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace", he said in a tweet.

Tuesday's pre-dawn strike by India was its first inside of Pakistan since the two nations' 1971 war over territory that later became Bangladesh. Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said "a very large number" of JeM fighters were killed in the raid, which targeted an area near the town of Balakot in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. "Had this country (Pakistan) acted against terrorism earlier, we should not have even reached here", says Gill who lives in Dehradun.

An Indian aircraft crashed about 150km away in Budgam district on Wednesday morning, killing at least one person aboard, but it unclear if the incident was linked.

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Pakistan launched its own airstrikes into India-controlled Kashmir, claiming to have shot down two jets and capture both pilots.

The situation has led some investors to turn to safer havens, with the Japanese yen and Swiss franc both strengthening in the wake of Pakistan's downing of the Indian aircraft.

Islamabad condemned the incursion into its airspace and said it reserved the right to retaliate against India at a time and place of its choosing. Both countries have the capacity, but war is the failure of policy. But accounts diverge from there.

The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) jihadi group claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack, but India has accused Pakistan of being complicit, and tensions have been escalating ever since.

Like his father, Abhinandan chose the Indian Air Force (IAF) and was commissioned into service in 2004.

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It said two flights, WY324 KHI MCT and EK601 KHI DXB, departed after the partial restoration of flight operations. "North East & North Western airspace remains closed until further notice".

Both countries mounted media blitzes to push their particular narrative but had appeared to leave room to de-escalate the conflict. Pakistan denied any link to the attack and Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged to investigate if India presented credible evidence of Pakistani involvement. "To avoid further military action, this is a unsafe cycle of escalation", Senator Payne said during a visit to London overnight. Images of an Indian plane with burning debris were showed repeatedly.

"I Salute Our Brave IAF Pilot", said Twitter user Aarti, who changed her Twitter profile picture to one of his old mug shots.

The town is located some 50km (32 miles) from the UN-mandated Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, which serves as the de facto border in the disputed region.

A Pakistani police official told the Associated Press that six people were killed by Indian mortar attacks.

Mr Modi has yet to comment but was meeting top security and intelligence officials to discuss the situation, reports in India said.

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