On-going updates: Tensions between nuclear powers India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed territory of Kashmir [Mukhtar Khan/AP]
Al Jazeera English is providing on-going updates as ‘tensions escalate between two archrivals after India bombed targets inside Pakistan following deadly Kashmir attack.’ Lest we forget, India is thought to have around 130 nuclear warheads and Pakistan 140.

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27 Feb 2019 | Various | Al Jazeera English

India and Pakistan are on the brink of a major confrontation after the latter claimed to have shot down two Indian fighter jets in response to the bombing of alleged “terror” targets inside Pakistan.

Tensions have risen since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based armed group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), in Indian-administered Kashmir killed at least 42 Indian paramilitary forces on February 14.

But the risk of an all-out conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched air raids on what it said was a JeM training base.

On Wednesday morning, New Delhi and Islamabad were engaged in a battle of conflicting military claims.

At least four Pakistani civilians were killed late on Tuesday in the cross-border fire between the two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals.

Here are all the latest updates as of Wednesday, February 27:

Emirates cancels flights to Pakistan

Dubai’s Emirates airline cancels all flights to Pakistan and Afghanistan due to the closure of Pakistan’s airspace.

The news follows a similar decision by Bahrain’s national carrier, which suspended all flights to Pakistan earlier on Wednesday.

Turkey calls for calm between India and Pakistan

Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu voices concern over the increasing tension between India and Pakistan.

“We are concerned over this tension. We want to call for common sense and calm between the parties. Steps that will escalate the tension should be avoided,” Cavusoglu said.

He points to the dispute over Kashmir as the source of the tension, telling reporters in the Turkish capital, Ankara, that it must be solved as soon as possible within the framework of international law.

Imran Khan urges “wisdom”, offers dialogue

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan says his country is ready for dialogue with India and urges the need for “better sense to prevail”.

“I am addressing India. It is very important that we use wisdom,” Khan says in a televised address, emphasising that several countries have ended up at war in the past due to a lack of dialogue.

He stresses the need for the two nuclear-armed countries to remain cool-headed and to cooperate on security in the disputed Kashmir, saying “we will go and fight with you against terrorism”.

India says it shot down one Pakistani fighter jet and lost one of its own

India says it shot down one Pakistani fighter jet and lost one of its own to Pakistan.

Pakistan claims to have shot down two Indian warplanes.

India’s Foreign Ministry admits one pilot is missing

India’s Foreign Ministry says one of their pilots is missing, after Pakistan claimed to have captured two Indian pilots.

Ravish Kumar, the ministry spokesperson, also stresses need to “ascertain the facts” amid competing narratives with Pakistan.

“In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts,” Kumar said


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