A baffled Pakistan crossed over the Line of Control and threw bombs within India even as the Indian Air Force promptly gave it a chase.
But as Pakistan has gone ahead and claimed that it has shot down Indian jets, the Indian side has dismissed the claims altogether.
The Pakistani side claimed of carrying out “strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace”.
It is also not clear if India shot down a Pakistani F-16 aircraft or it crashed on its own.
In a press release titled “Pakistani Strikes Back”, Islamabad said “This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence.
We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight.”
There is no reaction from the Indian government yet. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is meeting with the Defence and Foreign Secretaries besides intelligence officials, to discuss the situation.
All airspace at Jammu, Srinagar and Leh, close to the border with Pakistan, has been shut down indefinitely, sources say. Airspace over Amritsar and Chandigarh may also be closed down, according to reports.