India doesn’t want further escalation: Sushma Swaraj
February 27, 2019 05:00 pm
BEIJING (92 News) – A day after the so called strike in Pakistan an Indian violation of Line of Control (LoC), Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that India does not want further escalation of the situation.
India sought to ease soaring tensions with Pakistan on Wednesday, with its foreign minister Sushma Swaraj saying the country does not wish to see further escalation of the situation.
In his statement, Sushma Swaraj – who is in China with her counterparts from Beijing and Moscow – said Tuesday’s strikes by Indian aircraft within the Pakistani airspace was not a military operation.
Sushma Swaraj, in China to attend the 16th Russia-India-China or RIC foreign ministers' meeting in Wuzhen, stressed during talks with her counterparts from Beijing and Moscow that no military installations were targeted in the air strike, and the target was selected to avoid civilian casualties.
“India does not wish to see further escalation of this situation. India will continue to act with responsibility and restraint,” The Indian foreign minister said.
Earlier today, Pakistan Air Force earlier today shot down two Indian jets within its airspace and arrested two Indian pilots, one in an injured condition, the military spokesperson said in a press conference hours after the retaliatory action.
Two pilots killed as two Indian jets shot down by PAF: DG ISPR
Earlier today, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian jets and killed two pilots on Wednesday, giving the first surprise to India.
According to the ISPR, the Indian jets had violated the Line of Control. The PAF gave a timely response and destroyed them.
The Pak Army jawans arrested one of the pilots, while two hid themselves in the area. A search operation is going on to arrest the hiding pilots.
The wreckage of one of the jets fell in the Pakistani territory, while the wreckage of another jet fell in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
One pilot has been arrested by Pak Army jawans, while two pilots are hiding in the area. A search operation is going on in the area.
China urges India, Pakistan to exercise restraint after air strike
China urged India and Pakistan to “exercise restraint” after Indian aircraft violated Pakistan airspace, in a move that sent tensions soaring between the countries over Indian-held Jammu Kashmir.
“We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and adopt actions that will help stabilise the situation in the region and improve mutual relations,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
EU urges Pakistan, India to exercise maximum restraint
Earlier on Tuesday, the European Union (EU) called on Pakistan and India to exercise “maximum restraint” after Indian warplanes violated Pakistani airspace near the Line of Control (LoC), sending tensions soaring between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals.
“We remain in contact with both countries and what we believe is essential is that all exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions,” EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters.
On Tuesday, Indian Air Force fighter jets violated Line of Control (LoC) in Muzaffarabad Sector and had to flee following the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) immediate response, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
In a follow-up post, he added that Indian aircraft intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage was reported till the filing of this report.
“Indian aircraft intrusion across LoC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJK was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircraft released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow,” the DG ISPRtweeted earlier.