MEA Spokesperson Raveesh & AVM RGK Kapoor at the media briefing today

By Team ADU

New Delhi. 27 February 2019. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India lost an MiG-21 aircraft and a pilot is missing in action. Also stated that PAF targeted military installations on Indian side this morning. PAF fighter jet was detected and IAF responded.

” India had informed about Counter Terrorism (CT) action it took yesterday 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,” he 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,” he added.

Earlier this morning Major General Asif Ghafoor, DG ISPR Pakistan in a tweet said, ” 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.”

Yesterday’s attack was on credible input on Jaish-e-Mohammad’s camps being in Balalkot. As India has no terror bases on its soil the reciprocal could not have been done by Pakistan so they targeted the military bases.

India shot down one of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) that had come close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector. The aircraft fell three kilometres in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.