Also on Wednesday, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Pakistani jets had launched air strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Pakistani- and Indian-controlled Kashmir. UK PM Theresa May said her country is "deeply concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan" and urged "dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability".
If confirmed, it would mark a major escalation of hostilities between the two nuclear-armed powers.
The US on Wednesday firmly asked Pakistan to take "meaningful action" against terrorist groups operating on its soil and underscored the importance of avoiding escalation at any cost after India targeted terrorist camp in Pakistan and carried out air strikes on them. India has disputed Islamabad's account.
Thai Airways said it was requesting permission to use other routes to fly to Europe. "If this (situation) escalates, it will no longer be in my control or in (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi's", Khan said. "Modi comes out looking strong". Not responding would have been politically unsustainable for the prime minister and his right-wing party, given the unrelenting calls from the opposition for a counterattack and the rather disappointing performance of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at important by-elections over the past year.
"I am commander Abhi Nandan".
The Indians disputed Pakistan's account, claiming its forces responded defensively to more than a dozen instances of heavy weapons fire from Pakistani forces into Indian territory that wounded five Indian soldiers.
Pakistan has used its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side.
India had earlier announced it was closing several cities in India and India-administered Kashmir.
The scale of the "air battle" is hard to gauge given conflicting reports. "As a result both the Indian planes were shot down and the wreckage of one fell on our side while the wreckage of the other fell on their side", he said. There are also contradictory accounts of how many aircraft have been downed, whether their pilots have been captured and what damage the air raids have caused, among others.
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Worldwide airlines that normally transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace have been forced to reroute, including flights by Singapore Airlines, Finnair, British Airways, Aeroflot, and Air India, according to online portal flightradar24.com which tracks the movement of planes globally.
He says that "one Indian pilot was arrested by troops on ground while two are in the area" on Wednesday.
"India does not wish to see further escalation of this situation".
The Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that Pakistani fighter planes crossed at Poonch and Nowshera, two locations on the Indian side of the de facto border, but were repelled. It has done it before.
New Delhi claims the entire territory of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and controls almost half of the territory. "And I'm very impressed with the Pakistan Army".
He added that the USA and Pakistan's longtime ally in the region, China, called on the parties to maintain restraint, but the nation "disregarded that." .
In a statement released to the media, the MEA also "strongly objected to Pakistan's vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention". "Now the worldwide diplomatic community should exert maximum pressure on Pakistan so this situation does not spiral". Both countries have the capacity, but war is the failure of policy. Above all, national strategy can not be allowed to fall victim to the passions of domestic constituencies all too eager to march toward a ruinous and likely uncontrollable war, assuming it will remain under the nuclear threshold.
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