Pakistan closed the entire country’s airspace after claiming to shoot down two jets in a dogfight with India

Pakistan closed the entire country’s airspace after claiming to shoot down two jets in a dogfight with India


An Indian army solider walks past the wreckage of an Indian aircraft after it crashed in Budgam area, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday.

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  • Pakistan’s civil aviation authority has closed the country’s airspace as tensions with India escalate.
  • Pakistan says that it shot down two Indian jets and has two Indian pilots in custody because the aircraft crossed into Pakistan’s side of the disputed Kashmir region.
  • Pakistan also launched air strikes into India-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday after India claimed to strike a militant training camp in Pakistan on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Wednesday that it had shut its entire airspace to all commercial flights after it claimed to shoot down two Indian jets amid mounting tensions between the two nuclear rivals.

Pakistan’s military claimed earlier on Wednesday that it had shot down two Indian aircraft because they crossed onto Pakistan’s side of the disputed Kashmir region, The Associated Press (AP) and Reuters reported.

Pakistan added that it has two Indian pilots in custody.

India has not yet issued a response, though it said on Tuesday that it had launched an airstrike on what it said was a militant training base in Pakistan, Reuters reported.

Pakistan’s air force launched airstrikes into Indian-controlled part of Kashmir earlier on Wednesday, though no civilian casualities were reported, according to the AP.

Pakistan International Airlines warned passengers in a Wednesday tweet that Pakistan’s air space closure might affect its flights.

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