On Wednesday, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fired two Indian aircraft into Pakistani airspace and arrested an Indian pilot on land.
PAF shoots two Indian aircraft in Pakistani airspace: DG ISPR pakistani an Military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said the Indian Air Force (IAF) crossed the control line (LOC) and two of their aircraft were shot down in Pakistan by PAF.
One of the aircraft fell inside AJK while other fell inside IOK.
One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” Director Gneral of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said.
The Foreign Office in a statement stated: ” Pakistan Air Force (PAF) conducted strikes across line of Control (LOC) from within Pakistani airspace.”
“This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage,” the FO statement read.
“Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defense. We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forces into that paradigm,” it added.
“That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight.”
The FO further said, “For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call “a new normal” a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day.
If India is striking at so called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan.
We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation.”
The retaliatory act comes after Pakistan warned India of a “surprise” on Tuesday in the wake of Indian military aircraft’s intrusion into Pakistani airspace.