IAF, Pakistan, India, Indian pilot, air strike, Jaish, JeM, Pakistan Air Force, Balakot, Pulwama, Airspace, Terrorists, counter-insurgency, IslamabadThe Indian Air Force (IAF) has denied Pakistan’s claim that 2 IAF craft was shot down on Wednesday. It also asserted that an IAF pilot was taken into custody.
However, IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan who took off in a MiG 21 Bison jet today, is yet to return, reported media.
Earlier today, Pakistan claimed that two Indian fighter jets were shot down in response to Indian aggression. Reportedly, the two aircraft were inside Pakistani airspace.
The statement by Pakistani military spokesperson also states the troops were able to arrest one Indian pilot.
“In response to Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) strikes this morning as released by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indian Air Force crossed LoC. PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while others fell inside IoK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on the ground while two in the area,” said Major Gen Asif Ghafoor in a tweet.
The move comes a day after Indian Air Force (IAF) bombed a Jaish terrorist base camp in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said two aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control (LoC) from within Pakistani airspace.

The statement said: “Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace. This was not retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has, therefore, taken strikes at a non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage.”

The sole purpose of this attack is to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self-defence, it added.

Pakistan further added that it has “no intention of escalating” the tensions between the two countries. “We undertook the action with a clear warning and in broad daylight,” the statement read.

Pakistan has also convened a National  Command Authority meeting. It is the top security body that controls the country’s nuclear arsenals.

“For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call “a new normal” a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day. If India is striking at so-called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan,” said Pakistan.

India should give peace a chance and to resolve such issues like a mature democratic nation, it added.
Earlier today, two pilots were killed when a Mig 21 plane crashed in Occupied Kashmir’s Budgam District.

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