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Amidst rhetoric by Indian officials in the aftermath of the attack, both Pakistan and India had called back their respective high commissioners for consultations.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, at a media briefing, said an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison, piloted by Wing Commander Varthaman, shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft and there are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence for it.

"We have, and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity".

He said that India's non-military counterterrorism strike conducted on February 26 achieved the intended objective and has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism.

"As many as 22 terrorist training camps, including nine of JeM [Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group] are still being run in Pakistan and there has been no action against them", the official claimed, accusing Islamabad of being a "global epicentre of terrorism". Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in south Kashmir on February 14 after an explosive-laden truck rammed into a bus in the convoy of the security personnel.

The next day Pakistani aircraft shot down at least one Indian aircraft and captured its pilot after it violated the airspace.

Prior to departing, Mahmood met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi who told him that Pakistan wants to de-escalate tensions with its eastern neighbour.

"Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan", he added.

"The widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is a public knowledge within and outside Pakistan", he said.

Meanwhile, White House bureau chief Steve Herman tweeted on Saturday: " US issues Level 2 travel alert for India - "exercise increased caution", warning Americans to not visit most of Jammu and Kashmir due to "terrorism and civil unrest" and not go within 10 km of the border with Pakistan 'due to the potential for armed conflict'".

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