Pakistan and India: The Story Continues


Scott Reinhard, The New York Times

The sites of recent Pakistan-India skirmishes.

Brendan Guillen, Reporter

On February 27, 2019 Pakistan claimed to have shot down two Indian planes and captured a pilot.

The Indian government has formally stated that one of their Air Force pilots has gone “missing in action”, with his plane “lost” in a recent airstrike on Pakistan soil, which has led to six fatalities. The aircraft went down in Kashmir, the mountainous region between the two countries.

According to Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor, one of the planes crashed in the Pakistan- controlled portion of Kashmir while another went down in the Indian-controlled region of the Himalayas. He later stated that “We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm.”

Despite the rules of the Geneva Convention that prohibit the public display of prisoners, a video surfaced of an Indian pilot saying he was being well treated.

In light of recent events, both Pakistan and India have locked down their airspaces. The Indian government calls this a “temporary and precautionary measure.”