Pakistan issues update on captured Indian pilot

What the world is saying on rising tensions between India and Pakistan

India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman, Raveesh Kumar, said one of India's MiG-21 fighter aircraft was missing and India was still "ascertaining" whether its pilot was in Pakistan's custody.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had earlier said that Turkey is ready to become a mediator between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan was under intense pressure from the United States, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to de-escalate the tensions with India in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack and release the Indian pilot. "It was conveyed that India expects Pakistan to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from territories under its control", the MEA statement said.

One one hand, Pakistan seeks dialogue and on the other there is no assurance given on any sort of action that would be taken against its proxies which wage war on India.

Government sources have claimed that over 350 JeM terrorists were killed in the pre-dawn strike on the terror camps in Pakistan on Tuesday.

However, in another tweet early on Thursday, it retracted the "partial resumption" statement and said that the closure was in fact still intact. It wasn't immediately clear if that crash was related to Pakistan's claim of shooting down a second Indian aircraft.

India has demanded the immediate return of its pilot and said it "strongly objected" to images that have surfaced allegedly showing him blindfolded and bloodied.

Senior police officer Munir Ahmed Khan said the chopper crashed close to an airport in the Budgam area, on the outskirts of the region's main city of Srinagar.

A flight en route to Delhi Tuesday night turned back over the Atlantic Ocean and returned to Toronto Wednesday, the airline said.

The Indian planes were shot down in Pakistani airspace.

In a separate call with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Pompeo emphasised the close security partnership between the U.S. and India and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region.

The European Union Wednesday said rising tension between India and Pakistan has the potential to lead to "dangerous consequences" for the two countries and the wider region and called for utmost restraint, even as it emphasised that "terrorism can never be justified".

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called on the Turkish President to mediate between Pakistan and India, Trend reports via Turkish media. The ministry has told them that Pakistan has targeted Indian military bases violating Indian air space. Artillery and small-arms exchanges between India and Pakistan across the LoC have intensified in frequency since 25 February. "Further military activity will exacerbate the situation", the spokesperson said.

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