Photos: From Balakot to Wg Cdr Abhinandan’s release, a chronology

The past couple of days since the Indian Air Force led an early morning attack on the Balakot training compound of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan occupied Kashmir on Tuesday February 26, have seen a rapid escalation of tensions between the two nuclear armed nations. Pakistan retaliated a day later with an incursion across the Line of Control into Indian airspace and was pushed back in an aerial dogfight that resulted in the crash of an Indian MiG-21 Bison aircraft and subsequent capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistan Army. A timeline of events so far as India expects the return of the IAF pilot today from Wagah-Attari crossing.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been in Pakistan Army’s custody after his MiG-21 Bison aircraft was hit during an engagement with Pakistani jets that had violated Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The IAF has expressed happiness over his repatriation to India, possibly at Wagah, with Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor calling it “a gesture in consonance with the Geneva conventions.” (Video Grab)

Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been in Pakistan Army’s custody after his MiG-21 Bison aircraft was hit during an engagement with Pakistani jets that had violated Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The IAF has expressed happiness over his repatriation to India, possibly at Wagah, with Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor calling it “a gesture in consonance with the Geneva conventions.” (Video Grab)

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Image released by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 26, 2019, shows claimed damage caused in hilly terrain after IAF dropped their payload in Balakot area. Indian planes briefly violated Pakistani airspace, the Pakistan military had said on February 26, claiming it had repelled the incursion 12 days after a militant attack targeting a CRPF convoy sent tensions. (PAK ISPR / Handout / AFP)

Image released by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 26, 2019, shows claimed damage caused in hilly terrain after IAF dropped their payload in Balakot area. Indian planes briefly violated Pakistani airspace, the Pakistan military had said on February 26, claiming it had repelled the incursion 12 days after a militant attack targeting a CRPF convoy sent tensions. (PAK ISPR / Handout / AFP)

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An ammunition dump, part of the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) largest training facility that the IAF targeted on Tuesday in a “non-military preemptive action”. Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar (alias Ustad Ghouri), the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, Chief of JeM. (ANI)

An ammunition dump, part of the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) largest training facility that the IAF targeted on Tuesday in a “non-military preemptive action”. Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar (alias Ustad Ghouri), the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, Chief of JeM. (ANI)

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Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale also confirmed on Tuesday that India had in fact struck the training centre of the JeM and a large number of trainers as well as fidayeens. This countered Pakistan’s narrative that Indian payload fell in open areas and caused no infrastructure damage or casualties. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale also confirmed on Tuesday that India had in fact struck the training centre of the JeM and a large number of trainers as well as fidayeens. This countered Pakistan’s narrative that Indian payload fell in open areas and caused no infrastructure damage or casualties. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

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A view of payload released by Indian military aircraft in Balakot in an image released by Pakistan’s ISPR. In its first reaction to India confirming a non-military pre-emptive strike, China said it hoped the two countries would maintain “restraint” and “do more to improve bilateral relations”. India meanwhile began briefings of foreign diplomats including to P5 nations and an all-party meet. (Pak ISPR / Handout / Reuters)

A view of payload released by Indian military aircraft in Balakot in an image released by Pakistan’s ISPR. In its first reaction to India confirming a non-military pre-emptive strike, China said it hoped the two countries would maintain “restraint” and “do more to improve bilateral relations”. India meanwhile began briefings of foreign diplomats including to P5 nations and an all-party meet. (Pak ISPR / Handout / Reuters)

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Across the border, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that India violated the LoC and Pakistan has the right to respond. Pakistan rejected India’s claim of targeting a terror camp in the country and causing heavy casualties even as it vowed to respond “at the time and place of its choosing” and to raise the issue at the United Nations. (Aamir Qureshi / AFP)

Across the border, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that India violated the LoC and Pakistan has the right to respond. Pakistan rejected India’s claim of targeting a terror camp in the country and causing heavy casualties even as it vowed to respond “at the time and place of its choosing” and to raise the issue at the United Nations. (Aamir Qureshi / AFP)

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Two pilots were killed after an Indian Air Force M-17 chopper crashed in Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday. Pakistani Air Force entered Indian air space as part of ‘retaliatory’ action against India’s airstrikes. Pakistan claimed that it had two IAF pilots in its custody with the Pakistan Army later releasing a video that showed an IAF pilot identifying himself as Wg Cdr Abhinandan. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

Two pilots were killed after an Indian Air Force M-17 chopper crashed in Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday. Pakistani Air Force entered Indian air space as part of ‘retaliatory’ action against India’s airstrikes. Pakistan claimed that it had two IAF pilots in its custody with the Pakistan Army later releasing a video that showed an IAF pilot identifying himself as Wg Cdr Abhinandan. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

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Corporal Deepak Pandey from Lucknow’s Mangla Vihar area and Corporal Pankaj Kumar Singh (pictured) from Mathura died in the chopper crash. The helicopter crashed in a field near Garend Kalaan village at 10.05 a.m. Hours after claiming two IAF pilots captured, a Pakistani defence spokesperson said that they had only one Indian pilot in their custody. (PTI)

Corporal Deepak Pandey from Lucknow’s Mangla Vihar area and Corporal Pankaj Kumar Singh (pictured) from Mathura died in the chopper crash. The helicopter crashed in a field near Garend Kalaan village at 10.05 a.m. Hours after claiming two IAF pilots captured, a Pakistani defence spokesperson said that they had only one Indian pilot in their custody. (PTI)

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Pakistani soldiers and media personnel gather at the site of the IAF strike at Balakot. Pakistan’s defence spokesperson said that the pilot was being treated “as per norms of military ethics” Later Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said the “sole purpose” of the morning strikes across LoC was to tell India that “if they can come here, we can go there too”. (Sajjad Qayyum / AFP)

Pakistani soldiers and media personnel gather at the site of the IAF strike at Balakot. Pakistan’s defence spokesperson said that the pilot was being treated “as per norms of military ethics” Later Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said the “sole purpose” of the morning strikes across LoC was to tell India that “if they can come here, we can go there too”. (Sajjad Qayyum / AFP)

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Pakistani soldiers patrol in the area where Indian planes were reportedly shot down, in Jaba, near Balakot. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the return of the IAF pilot was on the table if it leads to “de-escalation” of tensions. India asserted that there was no question of a deal and Pakistan PM Imran Khan announced in Parliament that the pilot would be released on Friday. (AP)

Pakistani soldiers patrol in the area where Indian planes were reportedly shot down, in Jaba, near Balakot. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the return of the IAF pilot was on the table if it leads to “de-escalation” of tensions. India asserted that there was no question of a deal and Pakistan PM Imran Khan announced in Parliament that the pilot would be released on Friday. (AP)

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Indian Air Force officials show sections of an exploded AMRAAM missile, said to be fired by Pakistan Air Force F-16s which were found in Rajouri district of Indian side, at an IAF, Army and Navy joint press conference at South Block in New Delhi on February 28. Pakistan, however, had claimed all this while that no F-16 was part of the operation. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

Indian Air Force officials show sections of an exploded AMRAAM missile, said to be fired by Pakistan Air Force F-16s which were found in Rajouri district of Indian side, at an IAF, Army and Navy joint press conference at South Block in New Delhi on February 28. Pakistan, however, had claimed all this while that no F-16 was part of the operation. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

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