Hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that the captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan will be released tomorrow, Indian armed forces asserted that there is enough evidence to show that Pakistan used F-16s to target Indian military installations in this mission.
Pakistan had earlier claimed that no F-16 was part of the operation–any such admission would violate US sale conditions of not letting Pakistan use F-16s in an offensive role.
A day later, Pakistani jets violated Indian airspace and attempted strikes in Jammu and Kashmir. India said that the attack was foiled successfully and a MiG fighter jet was shot down in the aerial confrontation and a pilot is “missing in action”. While Pakistan initially said that two IAF pilots were in its custody, later in the day, it said it had arrested “only one.”
Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor y confirmed that it was the MiG-21 Bison, which Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was flying, shot down the F-16 Pakistan Air Force jet in the aerial engagement with Pakistan on Wednesday morning.
He also confirmed that the IAF destroyed whatever targets it wanted to destroy. He also added that India has an evidence of the same but the decision to reveal it would be revealed by senior leadership. With regards to the number of terrorists’ casualties in the air strikes, he stated that it is premature to come to any conclusion. He though added that the IAF has achieved the result it wanted to achieve.
Major General Surinder Mahal said that Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations and targeted brigade battalion headquarters, but the immediate response by Indian Army foiled those efforts. He added that mechanized forces have been placed on a standby and assured that the Indian Army is totally prepared for action.
Rear Admiral D S Gujral said that the Indian Navy is deployed in a high state of readiness to deter and defeat any misadventure by Pakistan.