No intention of escalation: Pakistan
Pakistan too today said it has no intention of the situation to escalate amidst fire exchange and tensions with India along the Kashmir border.
A press release of Pakistan's foreign ministry said the country striked across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace.
"This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage," it said.
In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 27, 2019
The strike had a "sole purpose to demonstrate Pakistan's right, will and capability for self-defence", read the press release.
"We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight."
For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call "a new normal" a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day," it said.
"If India is striking at so called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan," it added.
"We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation," it concluded.