India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies

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India said a large number of JeM fighters had been killed, but Pakistani officials said the strike was a failure and inflicted no casualties. "The intent was to show India, we can and would respond if aggression would be thrust upon us", he added.

He added that the United States and Pakistan's longtime ally in the region, China, called on the parties to maintain restraint, but the nation "disregarded that." .

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu has called for a de-escalation of tensions and a resolution on the Kashmir conflict.

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".

Pakistan's foreign ministry says the country's Air Force is carrying out airstrikes from within Pakistani airspace across the disputed Kashmir boundary but that this was not in "retaliation to continued Indian belligerence". The pilot is missing in action, said Raveesh Kumar, a spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs.

Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety. "The kind of weapons you have and we have, can we afford to go for a war?"

What have India and Pakistan said?

On Wednesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan explicitly referred to both countries' nuclear arsenals.

A spokesperson for FlyDubai said the airline was also reviewing its schedule in light of the announcement.

India had earlier announced it was closing several cities in India and India-administered Kashmir. He reads aloud his military identification number, and asks his captors if he is in the custody of the Pakistani army.

Five Indian soldiers suffered minor wounds in the shelling that ended on Wednesday morning, he added. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, says one of the pilots is injured and is being treated in a military hospital. The officers of the Pakistani army have looked after me very well.

"Both countries have the capability and capacity, but war is actually the failure of policy, which India needs to understand", he said. "Nothing is solved through war and no conflict has ever been settled through war". "That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight". Which is the way of peace. "Let's sit together to talk to find a solution", Khan said.

China called on Pakistan and India on Wednesday to "exercise restraint" and seek dialogue after Islamabad said it shot down two Indian warplanes in its airspace over disputed Kashmir.

Pakistan used heavy calibre weapons in 12 to 15 places along the de facto border in Kashmir, known as the Line of Control (LoC), a spokesman for the Indian defence forces said on Wednesday.

"IAF [Indian Air Force] crossed LOC [Line of Control], PAF [Pakistan Air Force] shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace".

Meanwhile, Indian police said officials recovered seven bodies from the wreckage of the Indian air force chopper that crashed in an Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir, including six Indian airmen and a civilian on the ground.

Old picture of Wing Commander Abhinandan.

Mansingh says a new doctrine was established by India's pre-dawn airstrikes on Tuesday in Pakistani territory that Indian officials said targeted terrorist infrastructure.

Thai Airways has cancelled all European flights amidst Indian plane shootings by Pakistan.

TRT World's Hasan Abdullah reports from Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

Pakistani and Indian troops deployed in Kashmir often trade fire.

Etihad, flydubai, Gulf Air and SriLankan Airlines also suspended services to the country and flight tracking portals showed Singapore Airlines, British Airways and others were forced to reroute flights.

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