The ongoing standoff between nuclear neighbours India and Pakistan intensified with the Indian Air Force striking down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet after it crossed the Indian air space on Wednesday. The Pakistani F-16 jet was shot down in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera sector by the Indian Air Force as a retaliatory measure. Meanwhile, Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft of the Indian Air Force also chased down the Pakistani F-16 jets out of LoC. The fresh incident comes a day after Mirage 2000 jets of the Indian Air Force bombed Jaish-e-Mohammed's terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan's Balakot area, killing at least 300 terrorists. India's act was a response to this month's terror attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. (Also Read: IAF shoots down Pakistan F-16 fighter jet, Lahore, Islamabad airports shut down | Latest Updates)
Considering the standoff on Wednesday, the two countries have shut down commercial flight operations at their major cities. Jammu, Leh, Amritsar airports have been completely shut for commercial activities. On the other hand, Pakistan has shut down all commercial flights operating from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Defence experts in the both the nations have called it the first major standoff since the war of 1971. As the situation across the border remains tense, we bring to you all the latest updates, Live coverage.