Live: Arun Jaitley warns opposition parties against 'ill-advised statement'

"Your ill-advised statement is being used by Pakistan to bolster its case."


India shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet that crossed the LoC after violating the Indian air space in retaliatory fire 3km within Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector.  Indian Air Force took the action moments after Pakistani jets violated Indian airspace and dropped bombs. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan has claimed to have arrested an Indian pilot after shooting down two aircraft of Indian Air Force. 

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The head of the media wing of Pakistan’s military, Major General Asif Ghafoor, tweeted that one of the aircraft fell in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Live updates:

27 February 2019
22:26 PM

In a joint statement issued after a meeting of all opposition parties, the government was accused of politicising sacrifices of Indian Armed Force. (Read report here)

22:22 PM

Arun Jaitley's message to opposition parties: 

* Cross border terror attack in Pulwama was a reality. Balakot Operation was India’s anti- terror preemptive strike to defend its sovereignty. Whole nation has spoken in one voice. Why then is India’s opposition alleging that government is politicising our anti-terror operations?

* Let the country speak in one voice. Please introspect - your ill-advised statement is being used by Pakistan to bolster its case.

22:21 PM

Read: What the world is saying on rising tensions between India and Pakistan

21:36 PM

Dawn reports that Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is briefing parliamentary leaders on tensions with India.

Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and DG Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor also present.

21:30 PM

Air India re-routes flights to Mumbai, Ahmedabad. (Read full report here)

21:25 PM

Railway minister Piyush Goyal says there is no change in the schedule of Samjhauta Express. "We have not yet received any instructions from the authorities. We will follow whatever directions are received in this regard."

20:25 PM

Meeting between PM Modi and the three chiefs of armed forces concludes.

18:58 PM

India slams Pakistan for vulgar display of injured personnel of the Indian Air Force, says it is a violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.

"It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody. India also expects his immediate and safe return."


18:36 PM

Reuters says Pakistani military spokesperson has now said one Indian pilot in custody. Pakistan had previously claimed that two IAF pilots had been taken into custody.

17:12 PM

MEA has summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah.

16:37 PM

Hussain Haqqani, former Pakistan envoy to the US, has said that it is a worrying sign that no country supported Islamabad after IAF's raids.

He says even China asked both countries to exercise restraint rather than joining Pakistan in condemning IAF's raids. (Read full report here)

16:15 PM

Jammu and Kashmir Police issues helpline number: 01942451515

16:13 PM

Pakistan PM Imran Khan says PAF action today was in response to the raids carried out by IAF from a day earlier.

In his address to his nation, Imran once again said that dialogue must be given a chance but he steered clear of addressing the menace of terrorism in his country. (Read full report here)

15:21 PM

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirms one Indian pilot is missing.

Here is what he said:

* Based on credible evidence that JeM planned to launch more attacks, we had launched our attack on Tuesday.

* Pakistan Air Force targetted Indian military installations today. Our alertness resulted in IAF responding immediately. One PAF jet was shot down. Ground forces saw PAF jet falling across the LoC.

* We have lost one MiG 21 in this engagement, one pilot is missing. Pakistan claims he in there custody. We are verifying the reports.

15:01 PM

NOTAM (Notice to Airmen to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route) has been withdrawn. Flight operations will resume, ANI reported.


15:00 PM

Zee Media reported that six MiG 21 aircraft had taken off from Srinagar air base in the morning to push back Pakistani Air Force planes. Five of them returned safely to the air base but one of them is still overdue.

14:49 PM

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to brief media at 3:15 pm today, ANI reported.


14:36 PM

"Two terrorists belonging to JeM were killed in today's encounter. One terrorist belonged to Pakistan and one was a local. Police has started the investigation," IGP Kashmir SP Pani on Wednesday's Shopian encounter.


14:33 PM

Air India avoiding route of Pakistan air space with immediate effect. India use Pakistan airspace for flights to Gulf countries, Europe and USA, Air India official was quoted as saying by ANI.


14:30 PM

Talking to ANI, Riyaz Malik, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Uri, said: "There has been no damage or injuries, firing from across the border has also stopped & everything is okay now. We have a plan for evacuation, transportation, rehabilitation & medical facilities but there is no need to panic for now."

14:28 PM

ANI reported that Congress has postponed the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting and rally scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad on Thursday due to the heightened tension on the border. 

14:23 PM

Internet services have been suspended in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), while schools and colleges have also been shut in the area.

14:17 PM

Flight operations temporarily suspended at Shimla, Bhuntar and Gagal airports, ANI reports.


14:11 PM

China’s Foreign Ministry has reiterated its call for India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, reports Reuters

14:06 PM

A week is too long a time for any country. If you look at last 24 hours, one week would appear to be a day. The kind of things we see...I remember when the US Navy SEALs had taken Osama Bin Laden from Abbottabad (Pakistan),then can't we do the same?," says Arun Jaitley.



13:26 PM

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met in New Delhi and approved the acquisition of defence equipment worth Rs 2700 crores.


13:18 PM

When US Navy Seals can kill Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, then anything is possible, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

13:12 PM

 There are no reports of any IAF jet suffering damage in action by Pakistani fighter jets, defence sources said on Wednesday.

12:58 PM

Emergency meeting has been called by Pakistan Energy Ministry to take stock of oil supplies to defence forces. Sources claim that Pakistan is running low on oil supplies for its fighter jets.

12:55 PM

PM Modi cut short his address at a function in Vigyan Bhawan in order to attend a meeting to review the security situation in the aftermath of Pakistan’s attempt to violate Indian air space.

12:53 PM

NSA Ajit Doval talks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, apprises him of border situation and security preparations.

12:43 PM

Home Minister Rajnath Singh met all paramilitary DGs and the security establishment. During the meeting, Singh was briefed about the border situation. 

12:42 PM

International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace now being affected. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing.


12:34 PM

Pakistan also stops its domestic and international flight operations from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports.


12:32 PM

Sensex falls 221.57 points to 35,752.14, while Nifty falls 71.75 points to 10,763.55 as tensions heighten between India and Pakistan after three Pakistani jets violated Indian airscape.

12:27 PM

Flight operations have been suspended at Amritsar airport.


12:25 PM

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is holding a high-level meeting at North block; NSA, RAW chief, Home Secretary and other officials present at the meeting.


12:25 PM

Mumbai airport has cancelled flights to all four sectors that it operates. (Jammu, Srinagar, Amritsar and Chandigarh)

12:16 PM

The attack by Pakistan has come just hours before its National Command Authority (NCA) was set to meet in presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss a response to Tuesday's air strikes carried out by Indian Air Force.

12:09 PM

Parachute seen as Pakistan Air Force's F-16 was going down, condition of the pilot is unknown. Meanwhile, Pakistan has claimed that of the two Indian aircraft shot, one fell in PoK, other in J-K. 

12:04 PM

Pakistan Air Force's F-16 that violated Indian air space shot down in Indian retaliatory fire 3KM within Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector.


12:00 PM

Pakistan Air Force's F-16 that violated Indian air space shot down in Indian retaliatory fire 3KM within Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector.


11:53 AM

The Director General (DG) of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor has tweeted that Pakistani jets have shot down two Indian aircraft on Wednesday morning.


11:48 AM

Pictures of craters formed from Pakistani bombs dropped near Indian Army post in Rajouri sector.


11:42 AM

Pakistan Air Force jets violated Indian airspace in Rajouri sector, dropped bombs near Indian army force. No reports of casualties yet.


11:38 AM

The Pakistani jets entered Indian air space over Nowshera and Poonch sectors this morning but were immediately pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol, PTI reported.

11:36 AM

The Pakistani jets entered Indian air space over Nowshera and Poonch sectors this morning but were immediately pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol, PTI reported.

11:31 AM

Jammu and Kashmir police on military aircraft crash in Jammu & Kashmir's Budgam: "Two bodies have been found at the crash site."

11:23 AM

Airports in Leh, Jammu, Srinagar and Pathankot in high alert. Airspace suspended due to security reason and many commercial flights on hold.


11:21 AM

Pakistani jets violate Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri sectors, drop bombs on way out, PTI reported quoting officials.

11:15 AM

Pakistani jets violate Indian air space, enter border areas of Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, PTI reported

10:14 AM

IAF's MiG 21 crashes in Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir. Pilot feared dead.

09:52 AM

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to meet shortly today over important proposals for the Armed forces.


09:18 AM

Supporters of political activists Tahira Toqeer and Shafqat Inqalabi staged demonstration on Tuesday in protest against the two being summoned by Kotli court. Protesters alleged judiciary is being misused to suppress political voices of illegally occupied Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK.


08:56 AM

Two Jaise-e-Mohammad terrorists have been neutralised after encounter in Shopian's Memander area. Combing operation is underway.

08:40 AM

I spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil: US Secy of State Mike Pompeo


08:15 AM

In the light of continuing refusal of Pakistan to acknowledge and act against terror groups on its territory&based on credible info that JeM was planning other attacks in parts of India, Indian government decided to take preemptive action&target was selected in order to avoid civilian casualties, Sushma Swaraj said on the sideline of RIC meeting in China. Read more.

07:55 AM

An encounter is underway between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Wednesday. Two to three terrorists are currently holed up in the area.

07:51 AM

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that a special meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA) has been summoned by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday. The meeting is crucial because the NCA oversees the operational command and control of Pakistan's nuclear weapons. Read more here.

07:32 AM

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers' meeting.

Swaraj raises terror attack in her meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister.

07:29 AM

Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of UN-designated Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist organisation, admitted that the air strikes took place at the terror camp of JeM at Balakot. He, however, denied that air strikes didn't cause any damage to his cadre or family members. Read more here.


07:24 AM

In a swift and precise air strike, India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp in Pakistan early Tuesday, killing over 350 terrorists, trainers and senior commanders, less than two weeks after the terror outfit carried out the suicide attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.
Giving details of the intelligence-led operation at a press conference here, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said credible intelligence was received that the JeM was planning to carry out other suicide attacks in India. 

In a pre-dawn operation, 12 IAF Mirage 2000 fighters armed with Crystal Maze air-to-surface missiles and SPICE-2000 bombs launched "non-military preemptive strike" on terror camps located in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir as well as deep inside the Pakistani mainland. In 21 minutes, three "biggest" terror camps of JeM and Alpha 3 control rooms were destroyed.