In what has become a hallmark of the crisis, the two sides

  have stood by differing accounts of what occurred in the skies over Kashmir.

  On Wednesday, Pakistan said its air force shot down two Indian fighter jets. India confir

med the loss of one plane and said it shot down a Pakistani jet as it responded to the incident.

  Indian military officials accused Pakistan of “factually inco

rrect statements” on its plane shootings and intentionally targeting military insta

llations. Pakistan said they dropped weapons in open space where there was no human presence or military posts.

  The Wagah border crossing where the pilot is expected to be hand

ed over is known for its daily parade known as the “beating retreat” ceremony.

  Every evening there for 60 years, Pakistan’s Rangers and India’s B

order Security Force take part in a lowering-of-the-flags ceremony before sunset.

  The ceremony, which ends with soldiers folding their countries’ flags and shaking ha

nds, draws attendees from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.

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