One IAF pilot is missing, India is ascertaining Pakistan’s claim to capture him

In an address to media MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed that one Indian Pilot is missing. Raveesh Kumar said that one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement, India lost one MiG 21. Pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. India is ascertaining the facts.

The External Affairs Ministry accused Pakistan of targeting Indian military installations in response to Tuesday’s counter-terrorism action targeted at the Jaish-e-Mohammed  that had claimed responsibility for suicide bombing of 40 CRPF troopers in Kashmir.

“Against this counter terrorism action, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its air force to target military installations on the Indian side,” Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told the media in the presence of an Air Vice Marshal.

He said the Indian Air Force (IAF) responded instantly and a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft was shot down by a MiG-21 Bison.

“The Pakistani aircraft was seen by the ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side,” he said.

The statement did not say which Pakistani fighter jet was shot down although previous reports had suggested it was an F-16. The aircraft reportredly fell three kilometres inside Pakistan.

Earlier, the IAF scrambled and pushed back Pakistani fighter jets which intruded into the Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir. 

This and the Pakistani action led to the suspension of commercial flights across at least eight cities including Leh, Pathankot, Jammu, Srinagar and Amritsar. But the operations were ordered resumed within hours.

Intermittent heavy firing was also reported at 40 places on the LoC including Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts since Tuesday night.

The Indian attack on the JeM training camp came 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers in the worst terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy hit the state in 1989.