Pakistan jets zip past near LOC

Poonch: Two Pakistani fighters were detected on Tuesday night going at supersonic speed, 10 km short of the Line of Control in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir territory in Poonch sector. Immediately, India put its air defence systems on high alert, government sources said on Wednesday. Loud bangs were heard in the area due to the sonic booms, they said.

On February 27, Pakistani fighters had trespassed into the Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir and tried to target Indian military positions before they were chased away. In the dogfight, one F-16 fighter of Pakistan Air Force was shot down by the IAF, which also lost a MiG-21 Bison plane.

Subsequently, there have been a number of instances of Pakistani drones trying to engage in reconnaissance. “This is the first time after the IAF scrambled to push back Pakistani fighter jets in Nowshera sector on February 27, that Pakistani fighters flew this close to the LoC,” an official said.

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