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Pak govt’s video of ‘captured Indian Wing Commander’ ‘missing’ from timeline

India confirms that one pilot is missing

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

MUMBAI: A video released by Pakistan government claiming to confirm that an Indian Wing Commander Indian Air Force Abhinandan has been captured on its official twitter handle is missing now.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan government has released a video through its official twitter handle.

The tweet read that “Wing Commander Indian Air Force Abhinandan in the custody of Pakistani security forces. He was flying one of the aircraft which were shot down by PAF in Pakistani airspace this morning. #PakistanArmyZindabad #PakistanAirForceOurPride #PakistanZindabad”

In the video shared by Pakistan, a person wearing a flight suit is heard saying that he is Wing Commander Abhinandan. He is blindfolded and gives out his service number. He then asks if he is in the custody of the Pakistan military, saying he has the right to know this. Later, he refuses to answer further questions.

The video was relased after a press conference held by spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces Major General Asif Ghafoor.

However, the video is missing from the Pak Govt twitter handle. 

No confirmation has been issued by the Indian Air Force on this so far.

In the press conference, Maj Gen Ghafoor said Pakistan had no option than to give a reply to the airstrikes by the Indian Air Force in Balakote on Tuesday (February 26).

Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian Air Force planes today morning. He said one of the planes fell in Pakistani territory while the other fell in the Indian side.

He said the intentions behind the attacks carried out by the Pakistan Air Force was “not to escalate tensions” but to tell “India that we have the capability” to retaliate.

Meanwhile, the Indian MEA held a press conference and said that 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.

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.