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The military spokesperson said the Indian aircraft crossed the LoC, the PAF retaliated and two Indian aircraft were shot down in Pakistani airspace.

The cool composure and politeness of the blindfolded IAF pilot was all the more astonishing as it came after he had been beaten up by villagers just after his MiG-21 crashed in Pakistani territory on Wednesday morning.

India's foreign ministry branded Pakistan's videos as a "vulgar display" of an injured airman, saying they violated worldwide humanitarian law and the Geneva convention.

"Let's sit together to talk to find a solution", the Pakistani leader said. He is a MiG 21 Bison Wing Commander.

The arrested pilot, in the first video, introduced himself and said, "My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan". (AAP) An image released by Pakistan claiming to show the captured Indian pilot. When asked which aircraft he was flying, Varthaman said: "I'm sorry major, I'm not supposed to tell you this, but I'm sure you've found the wreckage".

Ghafoor, the Pakistani military spokesman, said the strikes were aimed at "avoiding human loss and collateral damage".

What were the air strikes about?

Islamabad's announcement of the shootdown coincides with India's claim that its fighter jets had intercepted three Pakistani fighter jets that flew into the airspace over its territory in Kashmir and turned them away.

The Pakistani Acting High Commissioner was summoned this afternoon by the MEA to lodge a strong protest at the unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan against India, including by violation of the Indian air space and targeting of Indian military posts.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Indian planes engaged with Pakistan jets and brought one of them down.

"The Indian forces wanted to target the civilian areas", he said.

No explanation has been given as to why the numbers have changed.

The United States, Britain and France proposed on Wednesday that the United Nations Security Council blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which said it attacked an Indian paramilitary convoy in disputed Kashmir.

"We don't want to go on the path of war", he said. "The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side".

Earlier, Nepal had also issued a statement, asking both India and Pakistan to refrain from any activity that threatened the peace of the region.

"Our action was only meant to convey that if you can come into our country, we can do the same", he said, referring to Wednesday's airstrikes. "Our neighbor will not be allowed to destabilize us", irate Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared as his government, which is up for re-election in May, asked the global community to isolate Pakistan.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said her country would act "with responsibility and restraint".


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