IAF acknowledges that a pilot has gone missing: Pakistan claims his captivity
After the tweet from Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson of Pakistan armed forces that ‘one Indian pilot is arrested by the Pakistani troops’, it rose the speculations as Indian Air Force also hasn’t given any official statement as such.
Amidst this high tension between the two countries, a 46-second video is seen circulation in social media which shows an Indian IAF officer under Pakistan custody. The soldier in the video is all bruised and tied up who went on saying, "My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan. My service number is 27981. I’m a flying pilot. My religion is Hindu.” This video released by the Pakistan Army has also shown documents of the arrested pilot. The pilot who is blindfolded was probed to answer few confidential questions to which he denied to respond.
In a fresh bulletin released Indian Air Force has officially confirmed that one pilot has gone missing and has acknowledged that Pakistan has claimed that the pilot is in their captivity.
"India had informed about counterterrorism (CT) action it took yesterday (Tuesday) against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on credible evidence that JeM intended to launch more attacks. Against this Counter Terrorism Action, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan's attempts were foiled successfully," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
"The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts," the MEA spokesperson added.
The video concludes with the commander saying, “May I request a little information? Am I with the Pakistani army?”. The video is shaking the grounds for both the netizens who watched it and to the IAF who lost two of their pilots reportedly.