Pakistan Air Force downs two Indian aircraft

India's Border Security Force soldiers patrol along the fenced border with Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu

The Indian statement came hours after Pakistan claimed that it shot down two Indian military aircraft over Pakistani air space and arrested two pilots. "All civilian flight operations have been suspended", the official said.

The move comes in the wake of reported military strikes by India's Air Force on Pakistani soil.an official spokesperson of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, said, "Pakistani airspace along with Western Indian airspace is now deserted".

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called a meeting of the top decision making body on nuclear issues after India targeted terrorist camp in the country. He then asks if he is in the custody of the Pakistan military. Ghafoor, in turn, denied a Pakistani jet had been lost.

India's rupee reversed early gains to trade 0.3 per cent lower as of 4:45 p.m.in Mumbai, while Pakistan's benchmark stock index ended at its lowest level since January 7.

Indian sources confirmed Pakistani fighter jets had violated airspace over Indian Kashmir, but said they were forced back over the LoC, and there was no immediate response to the claim the planes had been shot down.

The Himalayan region has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence in 1947.

"The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side", he told a briefing. He also claimed that no F-16 fighter jets were used in the operations and no link with the fighter crashed in PoK.

"I expressed to both ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost", Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday.

Residents on both sides of the de-facto frontier, the so-called Line of Control, said there were exchanges of fire between the two sides through the night into Wednesday morning.

In Pakistan's part of Kashmir, hundreds of villagers have fled border towns.

In New Delhi, Indian officials said Wednesday at least five of their soldiers were wounded in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier.

"Our pilots locked on those six targets and we struck on open places", he said, adding that it was decided that the PAF will not hit military targets.

Pakistan state media published a video purportedly showing the captured pilot being interrogated.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told state-run Pakistan Television he was in touch with his counterparts across the world about the "Indian aggression", adding that New Delhi had endangered peace in the region by Tuesday's airstrike on Pakistan.

It also condemned the February 14 suicide auto bombing on a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 44 Indian paramilitary troops, which the Indian government blamed on Pakistan.

New Delhi sought to ease soaring tensions with an infuriated Islamabad Wednesday after carrying out an air strike on Pakistan's territory, as the USA urged the nuclear-armed neighbours to "exercise restraint". It said "several terrorists" were killed in the attack.

In Mumbai, India's financial capital, there was a visible increase in security levels for a city that has suffered numerous militant attacks in the past.

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