Pak jets violate airspace, pushed back

Pak jets violate airspace, pushed back

Agency News

Pakistani fighter jets on Wednesday morning violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by Indian aircraft, senior officials said.

The Pakistani jets dropped bombs while returning. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage. The incident occurred around 10.30 am

'The jets entered Indian air space over Nowshera and Poonch sectors this morning,' officials said. They were immediately pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol.

Meanwhile, Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were closed for civilian traffic. While the official did not specify the nature of the emergency, it is believed the step was taken in view of an IAF jet crashing in Budgam district in the morning.

Immediately, Jammu and Leh airports have been closed for civilian traffic. The flare up in the cross-LoC shelling, which was initiated by Pakistani troops in early hours of Wednesday has also resulted in security forces and other establishments being put on a heightened alert.

Meanwhile, Pakistan claimed that the strikes were carried out from within Pakistan air spare. 'This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage,' said a statement from Pakistan government. It added that Pakistan has no intention of escalation, 'but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm'.