A day after the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror base in Pakistan, three Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter jets on Wednesday reportedly violated Indian airspace in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, but were pushed back by the Indian side.
There was a flare-up in the cross-LoC shelling, which was triggered by the Pakistani troops in the early hours of Wednesday.
In a loud and clear message to Pakistan that it cannot keep messing with India, the Indian Air Force had yesterday conducted air strikes at the JeM’s biggest training camp, killing “a very large number” of terrorists and their trainers.
While the Indian government now clarifies on the developments that took place today. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, issuing a statement before the media, says: “One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by the Indian Air Force. In this engagement, we have lost one MiG-21. Pilot is lost in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.”
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Earlier today, the Pakistan army claimed that it shot down two Indian aircraft and arrested an Indian pilot. The Pakistani Army also released a video of a man claiming to be an Indian pilot identifying himself as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.