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Air Canada temporarily suspends flights to India following downed jets

Air Canada temporarily suspends flights to India following downed jets

"They will not allow things to go out of control because both countries are facing tremendous pressure from global powers including China and the USA", said Rashid Ahmed Khan, head of politics and worldwide relations department at University of Central Punjab, Lahore.

The General Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement on Wednesday saying all national carriers would have their flights to Pakistan halted until further notice as a result of escalating tension in the Islamic Republic.

The agency says in a statement that the airspace was closed on Wednesday, without elaborating or indicating when flights might resume.

Late Tuesday, Pakistan reportedly shelled Indian territory in Kashmir, and India retaliated early Wednesday.

A Pakistani military official said air force shot down two Indian planes.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Ghafoor confirmed that two Indian pilots had been arrested but gave no further details.

On Tuesday evening, Pakistan began shelling using heavy calibre weapons in 12 to 15 places along the de facto border in Kashmir, known as the Line of Control (LoC), a spokesman for the Indian defence forces said.

Ghafoor says the Indian pilots "are being treated well". "India also expects his immediate and safe return". That year also saw an Indian fighter jet shoot down a Pakistani naval aircraft, killing all 16 on board.

"Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defense personnel in its custody".

Pakistani soldiers patrol in the area where Indian planes launched a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday inside Pakistan.

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An Indian foreign ministry spokesperson said Indian planes engaged with the Pakistan aircraft and brought one of them down.

Imran Khan claimed that two Indian MIGs crossed the Line of Control and they were shot down.

"We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if force into that paradigm", the foreign ministry said. It is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its worldwide obligation and bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistan has acted with aggression against India.

In a separate incident, police officials in Indian-occupied Kashmir said that two Indian pilots and a civilian had died after an Indian aircraft crashed in Kashmir.

Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets on Wednesday, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971, prompting leading powers to urge the nuclear armed rivals to show restraint.

Qatar Airways said in a statement it has temporarily suspended flights to eight cities in India and Pakistan "due to the ongoing situation on the India-Pakistan border" and that its flights routed over the India-Pakistan air space may be delayed due to rerouting in the area.

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

Pakistan shut its airspace, with commercial flights in the country cancelled.

This shortly after Pakistani police said mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed six civilians on Wednesday. The United States is distracted with the ongoing summitry in Hanoi, Vietnam, and China and Russian Federation are each seen as too partisan to Pakistan and India respectively.

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a convoy of India's paramilitary forces in the Indian portion of Kashmir on February 14 that killed 40 troops.

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