Indo-Pak Tensions Escalate, One Pilot in Pak Custody

The IAF strike comes days after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

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Pakistan Air Force F-16 jet, that violated the Indian airspace on Wednesday, 27 February, has been shot down three kilometers within the Pakistan territory, reported ANI.

India said that Pakistani jets entered border areas of Nowshera sector in J&K’s Rajouri district and dropped bombs on their way out.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has claimed that the PAF has shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace and have arrested one Indian pilot. However, according to media reports, the IAF has denied it.

This comes a day after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said that a large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander and Jihadis were killed in the strike.

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  • Entire airspace, north of Delhi, has been vacated, reported PTI
  • 3 Pakistani jets reportedly violated the Indian airspace and dropped bombs on their way out
  • Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that the PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace
  • On Tuesday, Pak Armed Forces Spokesperson said Pakistan will “surprise” India with its response that will be in all domains including “diplomatic, political and military”
  • 12 Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets carried out airstrikes across the LoC destroying terror camps on 26 Feb

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2:19 AM, 26 Feb

IAF Jets Violated the LoC, Pak Army Alleges

Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, on Twitter claimed "Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircraft gone back."

2:31 AM, 26 Feb

Attempt to Attack JeM Camps: Reports

Multiple Indian Air Force jets crossed LoC and attempts were made to attack Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, reported CNN-News18 quoting government sources.

However the quantum of damage has not yet been ascertained but the channel reported that there was a huge blast heard near Balakot.

3:16 AM, 26 Feb

Pak Armed Forces Spokesperson Tweets Pictures of the Strike

3:22 AM, 26 Feb

12 Mirage Jets Dropped 1,000 Kg Bombs: Reports

12 Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck terror camps across the LoC at 3:30 am on Tuesday, 26 February, and dropped 1,000 kg bombs destroying the camps, reported ANI quoting IAF sources.