Pakistan says two Indian aircraft violating Pakistani airspace shot down; pilot arrested

Abhi Nandan
India’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

THE Dawn newspaper of Pakistan is reporting that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Wednesday undertook strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) from Pakistani airspace.

Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement: “The sole purpose of this action was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We do not wish to escalate, but are fully prepared if forced into that paradigm.”

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Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a tweet said: “[The] PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K [Azad Jammu and Kashmir] while [the] other fell inside IoK [Indian occupied Kashmir]. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.”

Later, he tweeted: “There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody. Wing Comd Abhi Nandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics.”

Dawn reported: “The military spokesperson also rubbished reports that a PAF F-16 had been shot down inside occupied Kashmir.”

“Indian media was saying that they shot down a Pakistani F-16. Firstly, Pakistan did not use F-16s in the entire action and there is no news that a Pakistan plane was downed,” said the spokesperson.