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Pak's claim of not targeting Indian military installations false: Def Min

India said it shot down an F-16 warplane of Pakistan while it lost a MiG 21 during the fierce engagement between the air forces of the two countries along the Line of Control

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Pakistani reporters and troops visit the site of an Indian airstrike in Jaba, near Balakot, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters
Pakistani reporters and troops visit the site of an Indian airstrike in Jaba, near Balakot, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan's claims that its did not target the Indian military installations during Wednesday's air intrusion was false, officials said Thursday.

They said that the Pakistani jets clearly targeted multiple military installations in Naushera and Rajaouri sector, but their attempts were foiled by the combat patrol team of the Indian

Sources said that the alertness of the armed forces remained at the highest level.

They said that the leaves of security forces have not been cancelled, though leaves of personnel holding important positions are being curtailed.

The sources also said that there has been no mobilisation of ground forces yet and that some forces are ready to move at short notice.

An IAF pilot was captured by after an air combat Wednesday during which the two sides said they shot down each other's warplanes that followed an unsuccessful attempt to target Indian military installations in retaliatory strikes that sparked fears of war.

The aerial engagement between and for the first time since the 1971 war marked a dramatic escalation of confrontation prompting world leaders to urge the two neighbouring countries to exercise "utmost restraint".

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said it shot down an warplane of while it lost a during the fierce engagement between the air forces of the two countries along the Line of Control.

First Published: Thu, February 28 2019. 13:55 IST
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