PAF shoots down two IAF jets; two Indian pilot arrested: DG ISPR
MUZZAFARABAD: Two fighter jets of Indian Air Force (IAF) were shot down by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in bright day light on Wednesday, Director General Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor reported.
According to the DG ISPR, Indian fighter jets violated Line of Control (LoC) today, and in a robust response, the PAF destroyed two aircraft of IAF inside Pakistani airspace. Moreover, two Indian pilot has been arrested by Pakistani troops.
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One IAF jet crashed inside Azad and Jammu Kashmir region while other in India occupied Kashmir, Ghafoor said in a tweet.
“PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” DG ISPR tweeted.
In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 27, 2019
The military spokesperson later in an important press conference informed, “Two Indian pilots were arrested — one of them was injured and has been taken to CMH and will be given proper care. Another is in our custody.”
As per Ministry of Foreign Affaris (MoFA), Pakistan Air Force (PAF) undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace today (Wednesday).
Two Indian pilots were arrested — one of them was injured and has been taken to CMH. Another is in our custody”
The ministry elucidated that the strike 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,” the Foreign Office said in a press release.
‘Now it’s time for India to wait for our response’
Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor on Tuesday categorically rejected Indian claim of an airstrike inside Pakistan on Feb 26.
He sternly warned India: “We will strike back at the time and place of our choosing, now it is India’s time to wait for our response.”
The military’s spokesman maintained that the Indian claim of killing over 300 terrorists and staying within Pakistani territory in 21 minutes is entirely false as anyone can see that there is no evidence of any casualty or rubble at the alleged “attack” site.
PAF scrambles Indian jets
In the wee hours of February 26, Indian aircraft intruded the LoC near Muzaffarabad sector, however they scrambled back following timely response from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor informed in a tweet, Indian Air Force violated the LoC and the prompt response from the Pakistan Air Force compelled Indian jets to go back.
He said “facing timely and effective response from the PAF, [Indian jets] released [their] payload in haste while escaping, which fell near Balakot.” However, no casualties or damage was reported during the incident, DG ISPR added.
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