India, Pakistan Tension Escalates

Islamabad, Pakistan says it has shot down two

Indian military jets and captured two pilots in a major escalation

between the nuclear powers over Kashmir.

India says it lost one MiG21 fighter and a pilot was missing in


India and Pakistan – both nuclear-armed states – claim all of

Kashmir, but control only parts of it.

They have fought three wars since independence from Britain

and partition in 1947. All but one were over Kashmir.

The aerial attacks across the Line of Control (LoC) dividing

Indian and Pakistani territory are the first since a war in 1971.

They follow a militant attack in Kashmir which killed 40 Indian

troops – the deadliest to take place during a three-decade insurgency

against Indian rule in Kashmir. A Pakistan-based group said it carried

out the attack, the BBC news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency