India, Pakistan: Islamabad Follows Its Retaliatory Strike With an Appeal for Talks

Feb 27, 2019 | 18:09 GMT

The ongoing confrontation between India and Pakistan surrounding the disputed Kashmir region has resulted in further military action, this time apparently initiated by Pakistan. Available information suggests that on Feb. 27, two Pakistani JF-17A fighter aircraft targeted an Indian army ammunitions depot near the Line of Control that divides the Pakistani- and Indian-administered parts of Kashmir. The Indian air force responded by sending two MiG-21 fighter aircraft to intercept the Pakistani jets. In the ensuing encounter, the Pakistani warplanes shot down at least one of the Indian aircraft, which crashed inside Pakistani territory. The pilot, who survived, was captured by Pakistani forces. Following the incident, Pakistani statements suggested this was a limited action intended to demonstrate Pakistan's ability to respond to India's recent actions....

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