Sources say that the Pakistani fighters were flying with a surveillance drone with the possible aim of detecting Indian troop deployment near the border.
According to sources, the Sukhoi-30 MKI jets were deployed soon after the Pakistani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was seen hovering over the border.
Defence forces of both side of the border, India and Pakistan, are on high alert since the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 that killed 40 CRPF personnel and was then followed by the Indian Air Force’s Balakot air strike on February 26.
There have been a series of incidents of Pakistani drones coming close to the Indo-Pak border in various areas in the last four weeks following the air strikes.
The Balakot airstrike targeted a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, located in Pakistan. Tensions between the two countries have escalated since.
Last month, a UAV which intruded into Rajasthan’s Ganganagar was shot down by the Indian Army. Also, a few days later, a Sukhoi-30 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force shot down a Pakistani military drone in Bikaner sector of the Indo-Pak border using an air-to-air missile.
Meanwhile, all three wings of the Indian defence forces, the army, the navy and the air force, have been on operational alert ever since and have been given a “free hand” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.