Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks Indians to stay united as anger boils over the capture of a pilot by Pakistan as a crisis escalates between the nuclear-armed rivals.
Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan continued Thursday with armed skirmishes between the nuclear-armed rivals and the closure of Pakistani airspace stranding thousands of air passengers. Pakistani and Indian forces briefly traded fire across the contested border in Kashmir Thursday. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Pakistan shut down its civilian airspace Wednesday after it said it shot down two Indian warplanes that had flown over to its side of the Line of Control, the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region, and captured one Indian pilot. New Delhi also claims it shot down a Pakistani fighter jet, a claim denied by Pakistan.