Police say Indian mortar shells kills 6 civilians in Kashmir

Police say Indian mortar shells kills 6 civilians in Kashmir

Police say Indian mortar shells kills 6 civilians in Kashmir

The Indian Foreign Ministry acknowledged that the country lost one MiG-21 warplane adding that the pilot had gone missing.

"We do not want escalation, we do not want to go towards war", Major General Asif Ghafoor told a press conference in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, calling for talks with New Delhi.

After the tea-sipping video's release, people on both sides of the border congratulated the Pakistani army for its treatment of the captured commander, and the pilot for his composure.

At least one private Indian airliner, Vistara, said airspace across north India had been closed and flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu have been put on hold.

"We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint, take initiatives that are conducive to promoting dialogue, meet halfway and make active efforts for lasting peace and stability in South Asia", Lu said. "The PAF struck down both planes - one fell on our side and the other on the Indian side".

The airstrike Tuesday was seen as a move to answer growing calls at home to punish Pakistan for not doing enough to stop Jaish-e-Muhammad - the terrorist group responsible for killing 40 Indian security personnel February 14 in a suicide attack in Pulwama, a district in Kashmir.

The Jaish-e-Mohammed group, which aims at separating Kashmir from India and bringing it under Pakistan's control, claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy, which had killed 45. "Pakistan claims the pilot is in their custody, however we are ascertaining the facts". India and Pakistan have been involved in three wars and military standoffs over Kashmir since the partition of British India in 1947.

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After the Indian planes were downed Wednesday, Kahn said in a televised speech that the two nations should settle their dispute with diplomacy.

That retaliation was immediately celebrated in India, where it was seen as a show of muscular resolve-a message that New Delhi wouldn't simply allow Pakistan's tolerance and covert encouragement of the non-state groups to go unpunished.

Speaking to Sputnik, Najam U Din, former director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and a human rights activist, shared his views on the escalation of tensions between the two nuclear powers.

Pakistani and Indian troops deployed in Kashmir often trade fire.

"The officers of the Pakistani Army have looked after me well, they are thorough gentlemen", he said.

Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani soldiers targeted dozens of Indian military positions across the Line of Control throughout the night. The bombs were dropped on what Pakistan says was a empty wooded area, but India claims was a training ground for the militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad. "This was a non-military operation, and the aim was to strike at JeM's terrorist capabilities, which we did successfully", she said.

Tensions have been growing since a suicide vehicle bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14.

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