MEA verifies custody of IAF officer by Pakistan

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In the aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the IAF. In this engagement, India have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody.

Ministry of External Affairs in a press briefing confirmed that India has lost one MiG 21 Aircraft and the pilot is missing in action.

The Pakistan Army also released a video that shows a blindfolded man, identifying himself as a Wing Commander-rank IAF officer and his service number. Then, he asks, “Am I with the Pakistani Army”.


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Wing Commander Abhinandan was part of the IAF’s Combat Air Patrol (CAP) that engaged the on-coming Pakistani fighters that violated Indian airspace this morning, a day after India carried out a counter-terror strike at Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Pakistan. No confirmation has been issued by the Indian Air Force on this so far.

Pakistan said it does not wish to escalate tensions with India and is not interested in going to a war. "Our action was an act of self-defence," Pakistan said.