An Indian Air Force pilot who engaged Pakistani jets that violated Indian airspace this morning is missing in action. He is said to be in the custody of the Pakistan army, who released his videos, showing him injured. A foreign ministry spokesperson said India is verifying Pakistani claims that the pilot is in its custody.
Pakistan had earlier said its air force shot down two Indian fighter jets on Wednesday morning and claims to have captured two Indian Air Force pilots. One of them is in hospital, Pakistan’s military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said.
However, the Pakistan Army also released a video of one pilot only. It shows a blindfolded man, identifying himself as a Wing Commander-rank IAF officer and his service number. Then, he asks, “Am I with the Pakistani Army”. In the 46-second video released by the Pakistan Army, a blindfolded man claiming that he’s IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan.
The IAF pilot was part of the IAF’s Combat Air Patrol (CAP) that engaged the on-coming Pakistani fighters that violated Indian airspace this morning, a day after India carried out a counter-terror strike at Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Pakistan.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan has responded to the counter-terror strike this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side.“The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly,” he said.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on safe return of the missing IAF pilot. His tweet comes after External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, accompanied by Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor, said details are being ascertained about Pakistan’s claim of having captured an Indian pilot.