A day after Indian Air Force jets conducted an airstrike on Jaish-e-Mohammed run terror camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province deep in Pakistan, Pakistani jets violated the Indian airspace as they entered border areas of Ponnch and Nowshera sectors in Jammu and Kashmir, in a major escalation of tensions between the two neighbours.
1) Senior officials said that Pakistani fighter jets violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by Indian aircraft. The Pakistani jets dropped bombs while returning, officials said. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.
2) Two Indian Air Force pilots died on Wednesday as a MiG-21 jet crashed in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The jet crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am, the officials said. It broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials said, adding that two bodies were seen near the site of crash. The identity of the deceased could not be confirmed immediately.
3) The government has shut down the Srinagar, Jammu, Leh and Pathankot airports for civilian flights, officials said, adding that all civilian air traffic towards Srinagar has been suspended.
4) Schools have been shut in Rajouri town following reports that Pakistani jets have violated Indian air space.
5) Pakistani troops intensely shelled Indian posts in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir as they fired mortar shells towards Indian posts in the early hours of Wednesday. A police official said there were no reports of any casualties so far. The official said the Indian Army retaliated to the Pakistani action in an equal measure.
6) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj flew down to Beijing and raised the Pulwama terror attack with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a bilateral meeting. Swaraj defended Tuesday’s air strike and claimed that India swung into action as Pakistan failed to crack down on terrorism.
7) The US on Wednesday firmly asked Pakistan to take “meaningful action” against terrorist groups operating on its soil and underscored the importance of avoiding escalation at any cost after India targeted terrorist camp in Pakistan.
8) While in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that he won’t attend OIC since Sushma Swaraj will be there. He said that he has conveyed his reservations to the United Arab Emirates foreign minister over Swaraj’s invitation.