India Pakistan Air Strikes highlights: A day after daredevil air strikes conducted in Balakot by Bravehearts of Indian Air Force (IAF), India and Pakistan were seen vying for aerial supremacy across Line of Control (LoC). The escalation of tensions between the two neighbours reached the boiling point when India issued a statement saying one of IAF pilots went missing and Pakistan was claiming that he was in “their custody”. However, India asserted that it was ascertaining the facts regarding the development. The Narendra Modi government categorically stated that Indian Air Force foiled Pakistan Air Force’s attempt to target military installations on the Indian side. The government also said that a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force shot down one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft. However, India lost one MiG 21 in this ‘engagement’.
Earlier on Wednesday, as many as nine airports in the northern part of India were closed for few hours only to resume operation later. This led to cancellation and delay in several flights. Meanwhile, Pakistan airstrip was closed resulting in a disruption in the international flight operations, according to report. Later in the evening, a red alert was issued for Delhi metro. The station authorities were directed to step up vigil and sent a report in every two hours.
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