He told a news conference: "This was not retaliation in true sense, but to tell Pakistan has the capability, we can do it, but we want to be responsible, we don't want an escalation, we don't want a war".
India, however, insisted it only lost one plane, in an incident where Indian jets intercepted Pakistani warplanes that had crossed into Indian airspace to attack military installations-the Indian Air Force also said it had shot down one of those planes.
With Pakistani villagers and soldiers filming his capture and captivity on Wednesday in clips that have since gone viral on social media, the pilot identified by Islamabad as Indian Wing Commander Abhi Nandan has fast emerged as the human face of the risky flare-up between the arch-foes. Both sides have claimed that they have shot down each other's aircraft.
The air incursions follow a February 14 suicide car-bomb attack in Kashmir that killed some 40 Indian troops.
Tensions have been elevated since a suicide auto bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.
Turkey on Wednesday categorically announced to stand by Pakistan and its people in the pace of Indian aggression, ARY News reported.
Air Canada also cancelled a Delhi-bound flight from Vancouver and has temporarily suspended service to India, a spokesperson said in an email.
The strikes were the deepest inside Pakistani territory since the neighboring countries last went to war over Kashmir in 1971.
Indian warplanes carried out pre-dawn airstrikes in Pakistan Tuesday on a Jaish-e-Mohammad training camp.
Speaking to Sputnik, Najam U Din, former director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and a human rights activist, shared his views on the escalation of tensions between the two nuclear powers. - Pakistan said on February 27.
"The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jihadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities", Gokhale said.
The situation was no different in villages along the Line of Control in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where residents were moving to safer places following the intense exchange of fire, which began Tuesday and continued Wednesday. In response, India accused Pakistan of backing the group and vowed to take action.
The attack targeted the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the group that claimed credit for the suicide attack.
Pakistan has said it was not involved in the attack and was ready to help New Delhi in the investigations. An Indian military statement said that "out of anger and frustration", Pakistan "initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation".
"I also encouraged both ministers to prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity", he said.