Pakistan’s DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said today that two Indian aircraft were shot down inside the Pakistan airspace. He also said that one Indian pilot was arrested by troops on the ground.
“Today, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace. This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight,” said the Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
“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. We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation,” he continued.
“My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan and my service number is 27981,” the arrested Indian pilot is seen saying in a video statement. “I am a flying pilot and my religion is Hindu, [sic]” he continues.
Upon being probed for information, the pilot refuses to speak saying, “I am sorry sir, that’s all I am supposed to tell you.”
Wing Commander Abhinandan then goes on to say, “May I request for a little information, sir? Am I with the Pakistani army?”
DG Ghafoor said that the captured pilot fell inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. According to reports, a Pakistan F-16 fighter jet was also shot down by the Indian Air Force. The aircraft was shot in the Pakistan territory in Lam district, Nowshera sector.