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Amid tensions at the border, India summons Pakistan deputy High Commissioner

File photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 27, 2019, 05.24 PM (IST)

India on Wednesday summoned Pakistan's deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah after Pakistan Air Force jets entered Indian airspace in Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the Indian Air Force(IAF) carried out air strikes in Balakot across the Line of Control(LoC).

India's external affairs ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar at a press conference had informed earlier that an Indian Air Force MiG-21 was lost and the pilot was "missing in action".

Kumar added that Indian forces had shot down an PAF fighter jet earlier on Wednesday morning.

Sources said India was likely to share evidence of Pulwama attack.

"Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan's attempts were foiled successfully," Kumar  said. Report had earlier said India had shot down Pakistan Air Force's F-16 fighter jet in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera sector.

 

Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 jets had conducted predawn attack on several Pakistani terror facilities across the LoC in Balakot on Tuesday.

After the attacks, on Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, Pakistan PM Imran Khan said: "I ask India: with the weapons you have and the weapons we have, can we really afford a miscalculation? If this (situation) escalates, it will no longer be in my control or in (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi's." 

"Let's sit together and settle this with talks," he added.

Meanwhile, the US firmly asked Pakistan to take "meaningful action" against terrorist groups operating on its soil after India's counter-terrorism action against it and asked the two neighbours to exercise restraint and avoid escalation at any cost.