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India says it lost a MiG-21 aircraft, a pilot missing after Pakistan incursion

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, left, with Indian Air Force Air Vice Marshal R.G.K. Kapoor. (AP)Premium
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, left, with Indian Air Force Air Vice Marshal R.G.K. Kapoor. (AP)

  • Pakistan claims to have shot down two Indian military aircraft while India said IAF lost a MiG-21 Bison aircraft
  • Flights services in several airports have now resumed

A day after the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out air strikes in Pakistan demolishing Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Balakot, the Pakistan Air Force today targeted Indian military installations and claimed to have shot down two Indian aircraft in territory controlled by it and captured two Indian pilots.

The Indian government, however, said the IAF shot down a fighter aircraft from Pakistan but lost a MiG-21 Bison aircraft in the engagement and a pilot went missing.

27 Feb 2019, 04:48:57 PM IST

Market extends losses as Indo-Pak tension escalates  

Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex surrendered early gains Wednesday to end in the negative terrain after a 600-point swing amid escalating cross-border tension between India and Pakistan. Investor sentiment took a beating after Pakistani fighter jets on Wednesday violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Nowshera sectors, experts said.

After opening on a positive note, the 30-share Sensex swung over 600 points as it turned volatile triggered by across-the-market selling by participants, finally settling 68.28 points, or 0.19 per cent, lower at 35,905.43. The gauge had lost 239.67 points Tuesday.

In similar movement, the 50-share Nifty ended 28.65 points, or 0.26 per cent, lower to 10,806.65. Intra-day, it moved between 10,939.70 and 10,751.20. Read more here.

27 Feb 2019, 04:45:12 PM IST

Operations at 9 airports resumed as of now: DGCA  

Aviation watchdog DGCA Wednesday said operations at the nine airports, which were shut earlier in the day, have resumed "as of now".

A spokesperson of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said, "As of now, ops to these airports resumed (sic)."

Earlier on Wednesday, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM), saying flight operations at the airports in Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Pathankot, Amritsar, Shimla, Kangra, Kullu Manali and Pithoragarh will remain shut from February 27 to May 27.

27 Feb 2019, 04:10:06 PM IST

Pakistan PM urges talks with India to end crisis, avoid miscalculation  

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called for talks with India and hoped "better sense" would prevail to de-escalate the dispute with its nuclear-armed neighbour following air strikes by both sides.

"History tells us that wars are full of miscalculation. My question is that given the weapons we have can we afford miscalculation," Khan said during a brief televised broadcast to the nation. "We should sit down and talk." 

27 Feb 2019, 04:06:32 PM IST

Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers talks with India after Kashmir clashes

27 Feb 2019, 04:05:39 PM IST

 2 Indian MIGs crossed the LoC and were shot down, claims Imran Khan in live TV address

27 Feb 2019, 03:58:00 PM IST

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27 Feb 2019, 03:52:26 PM IST

Airport services resume

As tension escalates between with Pakistan, India has reversed the shutdown hours after airports and airspace north of New Delhi were placed under it.

India had shut down nine airports on Wednesday morning — Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Pathankot, Amritsar, Shimla, Kangra, Kullu Manali and Pithoragarh — to civilian air traffic amid escalating tension after Pakistani jets violated Indian airspace and bombed the Poonch and Rajouri sectors along the Line of Control (LoC).

27 Feb 2019, 03:38:45 PM IST

Pakistan Air Force targeted Indian military installations: MEA

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan used its air force to target military installations on the Indian side. "Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan's attempts were foiled successfully. The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly," he said.

27 Feb 2019, 03:30:48 PM IST

India lost a MiG 21 aircraft: MEA  

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India lost a MiG-21 aircraft and a pilot is missing in action.

"One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement we have lost one MiG 21. Pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts," he said.

27 Feb 2019, 03:04:29 PM IST

Railways issue security alert across network  

New Delhi: Indian Railways has issued a security alert across its network in view of the escalating tension with Pakistan, a senior official of the Railway Protection Force said Wednesday. Security has been beefed up on board all trains operating in border areas and on railway premises, he said.

"We have issued an alert to all General Managers of zones in view of the prevailing security scenario. All trains to the mainland and valley in Jammu and Kashmir have additional security personnel on board. We have also identified specific targets related to railways and have beefed up security there," RPF DG, Arun Kumar told PTI. He also said that no trains to Jammu and Kashmir have been cancelled so far.  (PTI)

27 Feb 2019, 02:55:44 PM IST

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale to brief media at 3:15 pm today

27 Feb 2019, 02:50:54 PM IST

Arun Jaitley refers to US operation to kill Osama, says India can do it  

New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley today referred to the 2011 US operation in Pakistan to eliminate Osama bin Laden and suggested India can also do it.

His remarks at an event came a day after the Indian Air Force pounded terror camps in Pakistan Referring to the US operation in Abbotabad, Jaitley said, "Cannot we do it? This used to be only an imagination, a wish. There was frustration and disappointment. It is possible today."

27 Feb 2019, 02:43:59 PM IST

Pakistan closes its airspace for commercial flights  

Islamabad/Lahore: Pakistan has closed its airspace for commercial flights and suspended flight operations across major airports, including in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, for an indefinite period in the wake of the escalating tensions with India.

Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority made the announcement after the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, the military's media arm, acknowledged the closure of Pakistan's airspace due to the prevailing security situation.

The airport will be used for "military purposes" till it is reopened for commercial activities, an official told DawnNewsTV, adding that a red alert has also been issued.

"All civilian flight operations have been suspended," the official said.

Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Mujtaba Baig said the flight operations in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces have been suspended for an indefinite period.

He said the flight operations from and to Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi/Islamabad airports have been suspended.

The planes which had left from foreign destinations for these airports have been diverted to the safer airports, he said. (PTI)

Flightradar24, a global flight tracking service website, shows an empty airspace in Pakistan.
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Flightradar24, a global flight tracking service website, shows an empty airspace in Pakistan.
27 Feb 2019, 02:23:09 PM IST

Airspace north of Delhi vacated, say official sources  

New Delhi: The entire airspace north of New Delhi has been vacated, official sources said on Wednesday.

The skies above New Delhi were vacated as nine airports in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab were closed for civilian air traffic on a day of rapidly escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was holding a high level meeting to assess the security situation in the wake of the developments of the morning, including Pakistan claiming that it had shot down two Indian military jets and arrested two pilots.

India said Pakistan jets intruded into Indian air space in the Rajouri and Poonch sectors. (PTI)

27 Feb 2019, 02:03:51 PM IST

Pakistan says it has captured two IAF pilots

Pakistani news channels have also circulated alleged videos of the captured Indian pilot. According to information from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, the name of one of the captured pilots is Ravi Nandanan. 

27 Feb 2019, 01:51:38 PM IST

Jet Airways issues travel advisory

Jet Airways advised passengers to check their flight status before proceeding to airports. "As per instructions from Delhi Air Traffic Control regarding airport closure, flight operations to/from Amritsar, Srinagar, Jammu & Leh have been suspended until further notice," said the company in a tweet.

27 Feb 2019, 01:22:32 PM IST

IndiGo issues travel advisory for Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Dehradun airports

27 Feb 2019, 01:20:25 PM IST

Vistara puts several flights on hold 

27 Feb 2019, 01:17:45 PM IST

Army, BSF troops along IB, LoC put on highest degree of alertness  

Jammu: The Army and BSF have been put on the highest degree of alertness along the border here after air space violations by the neighbouring country and the night-long heavy firing and shelling by Pakistani troops on forward and civilians areas across the LoC which stopped on Wednesday.

Authorities have ordered temporary closure of educational institutions in a 5-km radius along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Wednesday amid mounting tensions between the two countries, following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 and an Indian air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed camp inside Pakistan on Tuesday.

All residents of the border areas have been asked to remain inside their homes and not venture outside.

"There was night long-heavy firing and mortar shelling along the LoC in most of areas in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts. However there was no firing and shelling from across the border on Wednesday," officials said.

27 Feb 2019, 01:15:08 PM IST

No reports of any IAF jet damaged in action by 'India's adversaries', say sources 

New Delhi: There are no reports of any IAF jet suffering damage in action by India's adversaries, defence sources said on Wednesday.

They added that they were verifying reports that an F16 Pakistani jet had crashed in Lam Valley across the Line of Control. Earlier in the day, Pakistan claimed it shot down two Indian military aircraft over Pakistani air space and arrested at least one of the pilots. (PTI)

27 Feb 2019, 01:11:48 PM IST

China reiterates call for India and Pakistan to exercise restraint

China's Foreign Ministry today reiterated its call for India and Pakistan to exercise restraint. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comment at a regular news briefing in Beijing after reports of Pakistan's air intrusion into India.

27 Feb 2019, 12:58:07 PM IST

West Bengal shifts Pakistan inmates to high-security cells  

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has shifted 14 Pakistani prisoners, lodged in two correctional homes here, to separate barracks and "high-security" cells, amid soaring tension between India and its western neighbour, a senior official said.

The state government's move comes days after a 50-year-old Pakistani convict was allegedly killed by fellow inmates in Rajasthan's Jaipur Central jail.

"Strict instructions have been issued to separate Pakistani inmates from others following the incident in Rajasthan jail. They have been shifted to high-security cells, where heavyweight prisoners, such as those arrested for American Center attack and Maoists have been staying," the official of West Bengal Correctional Services said.

A three-layered cordon has been set up for the security of the 14 prisoners, he said. (PTI)

27 Feb 2019, 12:55:38 PM IST

International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace affected: ANI

27 Feb 2019, 12:46:55 PM IST

IAF aircraft crashes in Kashmir, 2 dead: Report

An IAF aircraft crashed on Wednesday in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing two people, officials said.

Officials in Srinagar described the downed aircraft as a jet, which crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am. Other officials in New Delhi said it was an Mi-17 helicopter.

The conflicting reports could not be immediately reconciled.

The Srinagar officials said the aircraft broke into two and caught fire immediately. (PTI)

27 Feb 2019, 12:44:54 PM IST

Stock market reverse gains on reports of Pakistan air intrusion  

Indian stock markets and the rupee reversed morning gains on reports that the Pakistani jets had violated Indian air space. According to PTI reports, a Pakistani jet dropped bombs on its way out of Indian air space. Reuters reported that at least three Pakistan jets crossed the Line of Control in Kashmir. (Catch live Sensex, Nifty updates here)

27 Feb 2019, 12:43:00 PM IST

Pakistani jets enter Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera : Report  

Pakistani jets entered Indian airspace in Kashmir on Wednesday and dropped bombs on their way out, a day after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes against terrorist training camps in Pakistan controlled territory, news reports said quoting unnamed officials.

A PTI report also said India had closed its airspace in Kashmir with civilian air traffic out of Srinagar airport suspended. (Read more here)

27 Feb 2019, 12:38:44 PM IST

Flights to 7 airports suspended amid border skirmish  

Flights to seven airports in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have been suspended and airports closed until further notice amid a border skirmish with Pakistan, a government official said.

The airports that are closed are those in Srinagar, Leh, Amritsar, Pathankot, Chandigarh, Dehradun and Dharamshala, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A second official from Srinagar International Airport said that suspension of operations are temporary and that it will be resumed once the Indian Air Force gives clearance.

Tensions have risen along the border after Indian Air Force on Tuesday morning entering Pakistan airspace to carry out a 'pre-emptive' strike on a terrorist camp. Pakistan had vowed to retaliate to that operation as tension escalated between the two neighbours.

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