New Delhi: India on Wednesday said it had shot down a Pakistani aircraft and one of its pilots was missing in action as the Indian Air Force engaged jets intruding into Indian airspace.
Pakistan has also not informed India that one of its pilots was in its custody, a person familiar with the developments said.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan stated it had captured two IAF pilots. Pakistan said it had launched strikes across the Line of Control in Kashmir aimed at demonstrating its capability, will and resolve to respond to Indian strikes on its territory a day earlier, a Pakistani foreign office statement said.
The Pakistani action “was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage," the statement said.
Pakistan’s military spokesman Asif Ghafoor said Pakistani jets were chased by Indian Air Force aircraft and when they violated Pakistan space, two aircraft were shot down. Wreckage of one of the two aircraft fell on the Pakistani side and local authorities arrested one of the pilots while another, who was injured, was admitted to a hospital.
Pakistani news channels have also circulated alleged videos of the captured Indian pilot. According to information from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, the name of one of the captured pilots is Ravi Nandanan.