On a day when there has been fierce retaliation on both Indian and Pakistani sides, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that India can also do a US-like operation in which it killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. "A week is too long a time for any country. If you look at the last 24 hours, one week would appear to be a day. The kind of things we see. I remember when the US Navy SEALs had taken Osama bin Laden from Abbottabad (Pakistan), then can't we do the same?"
"This used to be just an imagination, a desire, a frustration, a disappointment. But today this is possible," he added.
India shot down Pakistan Air Force's F-16 fighter jet after an airspace violation in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera sector on Wednesday morning. The fighter jet was shot down in Indian retaliatory fire 3 KM within Pakistan territory in Lam Valley of the Nowshera sector. The latest development comes amid reports of Pakistan violating airspace in the Rajouri district. According to news agency PTI, "The jets entered into Indian air space over Nowshera sector this morning." The Pakistani jet were immediately pushed back by Indian planes on air patrol but not before dropping bombs. Nowshera is a border town in Jammu.
While details of this retaliation are yet be ascertained by either the Indian Air Force or the Ministry of Defence, contrary claims are being made by the officials across the border. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson Pakistan armed forces, claimed that, “PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. "Another starling claim Maj Gen Ghafoor said that "One Indian pilot arrested by troops on the ground while two in the area."
Meanwhile, a high-level meeting is underway at the Home Ministry in New Delhi. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is among those attending the crucial meet. There are reports that following the airspace violation by Pakistan, airspace over Jammu, Leh and Pathankot have been closed.