NEW DELHI — Pakistan said Wednesday that it downed two Indian fighter jets and captured a pilot, escalating hostilities between the nuclear-armed neighbors a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistani territory for the first time in five decades.
The rapid turn of events raised fears that the historical animosities between India and Pakistan could be steering them toward another war.
Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan urged India to settle matters through talks, referring to the nuclear weapons both countries hold and the risk of further escalation.
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“All big wars have been due to miscalculation. No one knew how the war would end,” he said in a televised speech. “My question to India is that given the weapons we have, can we afford miscalculation?”
Tensions have been rising since a suicide bombing two weeks ago that hit an Indian paramilitary convoy in Kashmir, the disputed territory that has been a chronic flash point. Expectations that diplomacy and calls for calm would de-escalate the crisis have yet to show any obvious result.
In New Delhi, officials confirmed that an Indian Air Force pilot was in Pakistani custody, complicating an already tough landscape for Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of hotly contested elections this spring.
Indian opposition politicians seized on what they saw as the opportunity the current crisis presented: 21 opposition parties issued a statement Wednesday to condemn Mr. Modi for his “politicization” of the nation’s armed forces and the current “Pakistani misadventure.” A slickly produced video circulated by opposition members claimed that Mr. Modi “had no qualms capitalizing on a national tragedy” and “politicizing terror.”
The fate of the Indian Air Force pilot in Pakistani custody was likely to further roil India ahead of the election, and New Delhi urged that he be treated with respect under the Geneva Convention, which forbids torture.
By Wednesday night, three videos emerged of the pilot, including one featuring him struggling to fend off a mob of men in plainclothes in the middle of a forest. In that video, Pakistani soldiers yell at the crowd to stop beating the pilot and fire warning shots to restrain them.
Another video showed the pilot blindfolded as Pakistani security officials asked him questions. A photograph from a third video, posted on Twitter by the spokesman for Pakistan’s military, showed Pakistani security officials interrogating the pilot.
“The officers of the Pakistani Army have looked after me very well, they are thorough gentlemen,” the pilot said in the third video, his face swollen and bruised as he drank a cup of tea.
A voice offscreen asks a series of questions. The Indian pilot refers to the interrogator as a “major” and tells him he is married and from southern India, without specifying where.
The Pakistani military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, identified the Indian pilot as Wing Commander Abhi Nandan and said he had been treated well. The Indian government did not release any identifying details of the captured pilot.
In India, panic intensified around Kashmir. Hundreds of residents fled their homes, while volunteers painted large red crosses on the roofs of hospitals, hoping the markings would ward off any airstrikes.
In Pakistan, dozens of tanks were deployed to the border in broad daylight, underscoring the heightened state of alert as both sides scrambled to shore up their military positions. Such equipment usually is moved under the cloak of night.
India’s government confirmed that one of its MiG-21 fighter jets had been “lost” as it thwarted what the government said was an attempt by Pakistan’s air force to strike an unspecified target inside India. In the encounter, a Pakistani aircraft was shot down by an Indian fighter jet, New Delhi said, a claim that Pakistan denied.
Raveesh Kumar, the chief spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, told a news conference in New Delhi that the government was still “ascertaining the facts.” He did not respond to Pakistan’s claims of having downed two aircraft, instead of the single jet he acknowledged. He declined to take questions.
Although both India and Pakistan say they want to resolve the current crisis diplomatically, the two governments may be beholden to their electorates, amid calls for firm military responses from both sides of the border. In Pakistan, with the capture of the Indian pilot, the current crisis has shored up support for Mr. Khan, who took office six months ago and has since faced growing opposition domestically.
The crisis has not presented such an opportunity for Mr. Modi, who seemed destined just a year ago to clinch a second term as India’s prime minister. Since then, Mr. Modi has faced considerable opposition over what critics say is his mishandling of the economy ahead of the elections this spring. The capture of the Indian pilot may only weaken his position and lead to a dangerous escalation if Mr. Modi chooses to respond militarily.
“Where the danger comes in is if India does not calculate strategically but starts calculating only from the perspective of electoral benefits,” said Ajai Shukla, a retired Indian Army colonel and a defense analyst. “This is a game of uncertain outcomes, and escalation is a very dicey game.”
India and Pakistan are currently at a dangerous and “unprecedented moment,” compared with other recent military flare-ups, said Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
“We’ve seen that Prime Minister Modi is less risk averse than many of his predecessors,” Ms. Ayres said. “In Pakistan, we have a government led by Prime Minister Khan that doesn’t have a political base of his own, should he decide he wants to push back on the military.”
“There’s a real exhaustion and fatigue with Pakistan in India, the same fatigue that is felt by nations around the world,” she added. “There’s been a real hardening on whether talks can provide any benefits and whether Pakistan is genuine in its calls for dialogue.”
Top Trump administration officials have conducted a strong effort in the past 48 hours to avert a crisis between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo; John R. Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser; Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and two senior regional military commanders, Gen. Joseph L. Votel of the Central Command and Adm. Philip S. Davidson, the head of the Pacific Command, have all been calling their Indian and Pakistani counterparts to help de-escalate tensions, administration officials said on Wednesday.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States called on Washington to play a greater role in easing tensions between the two countries.
“We would certainly like to have more, and would certainly like to see more active involvement of the United States,” Asad M. Khan, the envoy, told reporters.
The fears of escalation intensified on Tuesday when the Pakistani prime minister promised to retaliate for an incursion by Indian jets hours before. Those airstrikes were the first time since 1971 that the Indian Air Force had crossed the Line of Control, the de facto border between the Indian- and Pakistani-held areas of Kashmir, to strike inside Pakistan.
General Ghafoor, the Pakistani military spokesman, said in a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that Pakistan’s air force had struck six targets inside India, without crossing into the country’s airspace. It was unclear what was struck; General Ghafoor described the target as an open area that could be hit with “no human loss or collateral damage.”
The Indian Air Force responded by entering into Pakistan’s airspace, he added, and two warplanes were shot down.
By Wednesday afternoon, the Indian government closed the airspace over parts of the country’s north that host military facilities, including Jammu, Srinagar, Amritsar, Leh and Dehradun, according to Rakesh Asthana, the director general of the Bureau of Civil Aviation and Security.
Pakistan also closed large parts of its airspace, including major airports, according to a notice issued by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Major airlines suspended flights to India and Pakistan on Wednesday, including Air Canada. British Airways said it had to reroute flights headed to the countries.
The Indian Air Force strike in the early hours of Tuesday morning hit what the Indian government claimed was a training camp belonging to the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, resulting in “heavy casualties.” But the Pakistani government and residents of the area reached by telephone said the strikes instead struck an open ravine, resulting in minimal damage.
Those strikes were in response to the Feb. 14 suicide bombing by Jaish-e-Mohammed on an Indian paramilitary convoy in Kashmir. The suicide bombing killed 40 Indian soldiers, the worst incident in Kashmir in three decades.
Jaish-e-Mohammed is classified as a terrorist group by the United Nations and blacklisted. Although the group is formally banned by Pakistan’s government, American and Indian officials say it operates freely in the country, which Islamabad denies.
In decades of conflict, India and Pakistan have each downed dozens of aircraft. In 1965, during the first major war since Partition, it is estimated that Pakistan destroyed more than 50 Indian aircraft and lost about 20 planes. In 1971, when fighting erupted in East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh, it is estimated that the Indian Air Force lost more 40 aircraft and the Pakistanis lost more than 70.
Most recently, when fighting erupted over Kashmir in 1999, at least one Pakistani naval aircraft was downed by an Indian fighter jet. All 16 people aboard were killed.
Despite the new tensions, some analysts found reason to remain hopeful that the situation would not escalate further.
“Given the fact that no one has declared war and that Pakistan did not carry out airstrikes across the international border but from within the Line of Control, that suggests there’s a certain amount of restraint being exercised by both sides,” said Happymon Jacob, an associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, who monitors violence along the border.
For now, he said, both are engaged in “messaging for the domestic populations, to show that each side is in charge and won’t be cowed.”B:
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【余】【秘】【书】【总】【算】【是】【感】【觉】【到】【了】【自】【己】【存】【在】【的】【多】【余】，【这】【个】【时】【候】【他】【已】【经】【意】【识】【到】【了】【自】【己】【呆】【在】【这】【边】【的】【时】【间】，【好】【像】【已】【经】【很】【多】【了】，【而】【总】【裁】【的】【话】【在】【那】【边】【已】【经】【默】【默】【观】【察】【了】【他】【们】【很】【长】【的】【时】【间】，【这】【样】【的】【行】【事】【方】【法】【的】【话】，【跟】【他】【平】【常】【的】【工】【作】【方】【式】【不】【一】【样】【的】，【因】【为】【他】【从】【来】【不】【会】【在】【陌】【陌】【这】【么】【长】【时】【间】，【这】【一】【次】【他】【在】【那】【边】【那】【么】【长】【时】【间】【的】【话】，【估】【计】【也】【是】【有】【什】【么】【事】【情】【要】【做】，码报今期开什么意思“【伯】【父】！【妈】！【你】【们】【聊】【什】【么】【那】？”【张】【艺】【天】【看】【着】【走】【进】【的】【两】【人】，【忍】【不】【住】【出】【声】【询】【问】【道】。 “【艺】【天】【等】【你】【爸】【没】【事】【了】！【跟】【着】【伯】【伯】【办】【点】【事】！【你】【也】【大】【了】，【有】【些】【东】【西】【也】【该】【慢】【慢】【学】【习】【了】！”【易】【中】【行】【听】【到】【张】【艺】【天】【询】【问】，【拍】【了】【一】【下】【张】【艺】【天】【肩】【膀】【郑】【重】【的】【说】【道】。 【张】【艺】【天】【听】【到】【易】【中】【行】【话】，【一】【脸】【的】【疑】【惑】，【虽】【然】【不】【明】【白】【其】【中】【意】【思】，【但】【还】【是】【坚】【定】【的】【点】【了】【点】【头】。
RT，【又】【是】【新】【的】【一】【个】【月】【啊】！【肥】【龙】【还】【是】【每】【天】【三】【更】【中】，【对】【其】【他】【人】【来】【说】【没】【什】【么】，【但】【是】【对】【肥】【龙】【来】【说】【真】【的】【是】【不】【容】【易】【啊】！ 【肥】【龙】【有】【很】【严】【重】【的】【腱】【鞘】【炎】，【持】【续】【了】【一】【个】【多】【月】【加】【更】【后】，【这】【几】【天】【真】【的】【是】【几】【乎】【是】【一】【只】【手】【在】【码】【字】【了】，【速】【度】【慢】【不】【说】，【更】【是】【十】【分】【难】【受】。 【现】【在】【还】【有】17【章】【的】【补】【更】，【肥】【龙】【会】【咬】【牙】【坚】【持】【下】【去】，【请】【大】【家】【多】【多】【支】【持】，【肥】【龙】【拜】【谢】～
“【陆】【姐】【姐】【说】，【今】【日】【你】【以】【身】【犯】【险】，【解】【她】【之】【围】，【她】【记】【下】【了】。【前】【尘】【往】【事】，【自】【此】【一】【笔】【勾】【销】。” 【声】【音】【清】【亮】【悦】【耳】，【有】【如】【三】【月】【春】【鹂】。 “【一】【笔】【勾】【销】…【好】【一】【个】【一】【笔】【勾】【销】。”【墨】【连】【溪】【听】【完】【竟】【大】【笑】【了】【起】【来】，【惊】【得】【士】【兵】【们】【皆】【面】【面】【相】【觑】。 【墨】【连】【溪】【敛】【下】【笑】【声】，“【若】【朕】【不】【愿】【呢】？”【一】【句】【话】【隐】【含】【了】【他】【多】【少】【苦】【涩】。 “【我】【不】【知】【道】。【但】【与】【我】【跟】【玄】【师】
“【男】【生】，”【云】【起】【顿】【了】【顿】，【有】【点】【懵】，“【生】【孩】【子】？” “【嗯】。”【楚】【依】【云】【不】【假】【思】【索】，【继】【续】【问】【道】：“【不】【可】【以】【吗】？” 【云】【起】【一】【个】【爆】【栗】【子】【敲】【过】【去】，“【依】【云】，【你】【的】【生】【物】【老】【师】【真】【的】【跟】【我】【是】【同】【一】【个】【吗】？” 【楚】【依】【云】【吃】【痛】【一】【声】【叫】，【捂】【住】【小】【头】，【委】【屈】【巴】【巴】，“【艾】【玛】，【我】【们】【刚】【刚】【不】【是】【提】【到】【了】【男】【生】【也】【可】【能】【来】【那】【个】【吗】？【怎】【么】【就】【不】【可】【以】？” 【云】【起】