China urges Pakistan and India to show restraint, seek dialogue

People burn firecrackers to celebrate after Indian authorities said their jets conducted air strikes on militant camps in Pakistani territory in New Delhi India

India's Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar acknowledged the loss of a MiG-21 fighter jet and its pilot.

This morning, F-16 jets from Pakistan entered Indian air space and dropped payload with the intention to hit military posts and installation. According to Pakistan, this never happened, with Islamabad calling the strikes "an illusion".

She said the limited objective of India's pre-emptive strike inside Pakistan on a terrorist training camp Tuesday was to prevent another terror attack inside India by the Jaish-e-Mohammad extremist group.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that they are ready to hold talks with India. My question to the Indian government is - with the weapons that you have and we have, can we afford a miscalculation?

"Today's action was in self-defense", Ghafoor said, saying that Pakistani planes had struck six targets near the Line of Control, but that officials had made sure there was no collateral damage and "no human life was affected. If they respond with aggression, we will be forced to respond", he said.

Both sides also claimed aerial success yesterday. He said one Pakistani aircraft was shot down, something Pakistan denied.

Quoting Pakistan's aviation agency, ARY News also reported that the flight operations would remain shut until further notice.

The Indian air force has ordered Kashmir's main airport in Srinagar along with at least three others in neighboring states to close because of the two incidents, an official said.

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

He added that one Pakistani fighter jet was shot down by the Indian side, falling on the Pakistani side of the border.

When the council committee previously considered blacklisting Azhar in 2017 the Chinese Foreign Ministry said there were clear rules for listing a person or group as a terrorist, and that China has always believed the relevant United Nations committee should operate on the principles of objectivity.

It urged India and Pakistan to act in a manner that "ensures the security, peace and stability of the entire region".

SriLankan Airlines cancelled flights to the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Lahore on Thursday following the airspace closing.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a joint news conference with Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Minister Chyngyz Aidarbekov (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, February 21, 2019.

Tensions have been growing between the nuclear-armed neighbors and rivals since 40 Indian paramilitary forces were killed by a suicide auto bomb in Indian Kashmir on February 14.

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