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Defence spokesperson rejects reports of air space violation by Pakistan

Earlier In The Day, There Were Reports That IAF Jets Scrambled Again To Push Back Pakistani Fighter Planes Over Airspace In Jammu And Kashmir's Poonch.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 03 Apr 2019, 02:58:47 PM
Indian Air Force jets scramble again to push back Pakistani fighter planes over airspace in J-K's Poonch

New Delhi :

The Defence spokesperson on Wednesday rejected reports claiming air space violation by Pakistan along the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri sector.  "Today, there was no air space violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Rajouri & Poonch," Defence spokesperson, Jammu was quoted by news agency ANI.

Earlier in the day, there were reports that Indian Air Force jets scrambled again to push back Pakistani fighter planes over airspace in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch. A report by Republic TV had claimed that Pakistan tried to violate Indian air space but failed after India scrambled its fighter jets. This was claimed to be the second such incident in 72 hours.

Earlier on Sunday, India had reportedly scrambled its fighter planes after four Pakistani jets were detected flying aggressively close to the international border in Punjab.

As soon as radars captured the Pakistani F-16 jets flying near the border, Indian Air Force scrambled Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 fighter jets. The Pakistani jets were reportedly flying with a surveillance drone to detect Indian troops deployment.

After the February 26 air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed camps in Pakistan's Balakot, the armies of India and Pakistan - two nuclear-armed neighbours - came on the brink of war. The strike, which was carried out by Indian Air Force's Mirage-2000 jets, was part of India's anti-terror operation after the February 14 Pulwama attack in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

In response to India's action, Pakistan also scrambled its fighter jets and targeted Indian military installations in Kashmir. However, the attempt was foiled by IAF which shot down one of their F-16 jets.

In the fierce battle between the IAF and PAF, one of the Indian jets was also drowned and the pilot, who ejected after the plane took a hit, was captured by Pakistan. Two days later, Pakistan released the pilot - Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The release cooled down the tensions between the countries but Indian armed forces were asked to remain on alert.

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First Published : 03 Apr 2019, 12:06:10 PM