Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies

India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies

"We should sit down and talk", he said.

It said regret was expressed at continuing denial by Pakistan's political and and military leadership at the presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control.

The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which is based in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by a suicide bomber from Indian Kashmir. He appeared in good health as he was questioned about his hometown, his aircraft and his mission.

People celebrate the shooting down of Indian planes by Pakistani forces, with fireworks, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. However, India is rigid with its demand that Pakistan must end the rise of terrorism on its soil.

India is also preparing to build 14,000 bunkers on the border with Pakistan as heavy clashes continue on the border that divides Indian and Pakistani territory in Kashmir.

Following the incident, India bombed and destroyed JeM's biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC) early Tuesday, killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.

"One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area", said Pakistani Major General Asif Ghafoor a spokesperson for the Pakistani Armed Forces. Two dead bodies were discovered, said an officer.

"Air Canada's flight from Toronto to Mumbai is planned to operate tonight as it takes a different routing, and we are evaluating the routing options for both Toronto-Delhi and Vancouver-Delhi flights scheduled to operate later tonight", Air Canada said in a release.

"I wanted to take you into confidence regarding the situation arising since yesterday", the Pakistan premier said as he began his address.

"Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were among five airports closed on Wednesday for civilian air traffic shortly after an IAF [Indian Air Force] jet crashed in Kashmir's Budgam district", the Press Trust of India, a news agency reported.

Witnesses said soldiers fired in the air to keep residents away from the crash site.

Pakistan was under intense pressure from the U.S., 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. "The strikes are deliberately directed at non-military targets avoiding human loss and collateral damage".

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. Though Pakistan insists the pilot is being treated well, India accused them of violating the Geneva Conventions for even showing video of him drinking tea.

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