A day after the Indian Air Force bombed Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp in Balakot, Pakistani fighter jets violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Nowshera sectors.
In response to PAF's strike, IAF crossed LOC. Although, India is denying these claims, Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of Pakistan armed forces, claimed that two Indian Air Force jets were shot down by the PAF.
In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 27, 2019
In an official statement, Pakistan's Foreign Office claimed that the sole purpose of the strike is to demonstrate their capability for self defence.
Pakistan Foreign Office release statement saying Pakistani Airforce has carried out strikes across the border pic.twitter.com/kDr436fjig— Secunder Kermani (@SecKermani) February 27, 2019
According to the statement, Pakistan has no intention of escalating the situation, but won't step behind if forced to do so.
J&K: Pictures of craters formed from Pakistani bombs dropped near Indian Army post in Rajouri sector. Pic courtesy: Army sources) pic.twitter.com/bAqG1YW3AO— ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2019
According to reports, PAF's F-16 that violated the Indian air space was shot down in retaliatory fire.
Earlier, Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan will 'surprise' India with its response in all domains, diplomatic, political and military.
Pakistan's air violation comes hours after the US warned the two countries to avoid any military action.
Neither of these claims have been confirmed as of yet.