Pakistan fighter jets enter Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir

Islamabad:ย Pakistan on Wednesday said that its jets crossed the Line of Control to undertake strikes in India for โ€œself defenceโ€.

Indian officials said Pakistani fighter jets on Wednesday violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmirโ€™s Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were “pushed back by Indian aircraft.”

Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement said, โ€œToday, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace. This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence,โ€

โ€œPakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm.

โ€œThat is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight. For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call โ€˜a new normalโ€™ a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day.

โ€œIf India is striking at so called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan. We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation,โ€ it said.


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