Pakistani PM Says Country Ready to Cooperate With India on Kashmir Attack

Wreckage of downed Indian Air Force jet.-Radio Pakistan

"This is unprecedented territory - we haven't had tit-for-tat air strikes between India and Pakistan since the 1971 war", said Anit Mukherjee, a former Indian Army major and assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, by phone.

Repeated called to a spokesman for India's defense ministry went unanswered on Wednesday.

Lodhi held a series of intense meetings with key diplomats and United Nations officials following Tuesday's "blatant violations" of the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian Air Force, Associated Press of Pakistan reported. "The Indian air force responded strongly and they were pushed back", the official said.

The Pakistani jets intruded over the Bimber Gali- Noushera sector at the Line of Control, a ceasefire line that serves as the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region, the official, who is based in the area, said.

Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani soldiers targeted dozens of Indian military positions across the Line of Control throughout the night.

On the ground troops from both countries exchanged fire along their contested border.

The benchmark KSE-100 index shed a further 128 points at the close of trading, registering a decline of 0.33 percent as panic prevailed on the trade floor earlier in the day. The Indian stock market was down about 0.5 percent.

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale claimed a "large number" of militants were killed during these strikes.

"We have an evacuation plan in place and if the need arises we will evacuate people to safer areas", he said. Four Pakistani civilians were killed and 10 others were injured in cross-border shelling on Tuesday.

Local reports said one aircraft came down in Garend Kalan village, 7km from Budgam in central Kashmir.

India promised to act, sending warplanes into Pakistani airspace and striking what it says was a camp of JeM, the group that claimed the February 14 Kashmir bombing.

An unidentified police officer said that two pilots and a civilian were killed in the February 27 crash, the Reuters news agency reported. The militant groups are fighting for either Kashmir's independence or its merger with Pakistan.

"India, listen: this is a new Pakistan, [there is] new enthusiasm, new valour", he cautioned the neighbouring country.

But Indian air force spokesman Anupam Banerjee in New Delhi said he had no information on Pakistan's statement.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, told state-run Pakistan Television he was in touch with his counterparts across the world about the "Indian aggression", adding that New Delhi had endangered peace in the region by Tuesday's airstrike inside Pakistan. The airport will be used for military purposes till it is reopened for commercial activities, the official said, adding that a red alert had also been issued. On Wednesday New Zealand's foreign minister Winston Peters also voiced concern over the escalation in tensions.

"If I were Washington, I'd be in overdrive making phone calls and signaling that it wants tensions to be de-escalated now", said Moeed Yusuf, an expert at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.

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