Pakistan’s army say they have also been deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. A Pakistan Army official told Hindustantimes: “We have confirmed reports that PAF’s F-16 acquired from both US and Jordan are on high alert all along India-Pakistan border—from Hyderabad in Sindh to Skardu in Northern Areas. The Pakistan Army deployment including radars and air defence system along the LoC was strengthened immediately after the February 14 Pulwama attack as they expected Indian retaliation similar to that of the surgical strike.”
The two nuclear powers have been shelling and firing with heavy arms at each other since February 28.
Tensions arose when Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad targeted 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14.
The attack resulted in India announcing it had targetted an alleged militant base in Balakot as a strike against “non-civilian and non-military targets with clear intent not to cause any damage to life or infrastructure”.
Indian authorities claimed to have shot down a Pakistani F-16 despite Pakistan’s foreign ministry insisting the fighter aircrafts had not been used against India.
Pakistan warned India against any misadventure which according to reports, implies India may want to think about the upcoming elections.
The country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to US National Security Advisor John Bolton about the situation on the border.
Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement: “Bolton appreciated Pakistan’s measures, which helped lower the tension and urged continued restraint on both sides.
“The need for dialogue between Pakistan and India to find a peaceful resolution to all outstanding disputes was also emphasised.
“The Foreign Minister cautioned against any Indian misadventure, keeping in view the forthcoming elections.”
The Indian Air Force has said it is continuing with optimal preparedness to stop any aggression from Pakistan.
The air force said in a statement: “A strict vigil in the skies to detect and thwart any act of aggression from Pakistan Air Force is being maintained.”
The US, UAE, Saudi Arabia and China have confessed the situation is not yet stable.